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Tuesday, December 30, 1941 (continued) 

£>he spoke slowly, distinctly, oblivious to her audience - and the 

words used, the way they were put together was indeed remarkable. 

We will never forget her - Diana Harding. Her address is 32 Princess 
Road, West Newton, Mass. 

Wednesday, December 31, 1941 Cloudy 

The telephone rang many times today - and the usual inquiry: 
"Are you doin^ anything special out there New Years Lve?" No nothing 
special. The Inn was here as it has been i'or over two hundred years. 
TJe were prepared to serve dinner to any b uests who mi^ht come. Many 

e, many who were content and happy to Spend this last evening of 
194-1 in a quiet old New England atmosphere. 

Thursday, January 1, 1942 Pleasant 

New Years Day 

we must add another year to the age of the Inn. It is now 256 
years old. 

A bridal couple, Mr. and Mrs. Henry ft. Francis are occupying the 
Lafayette room tonight. They telephoned in advance asking special 
permission. The telegram explained the situation this way..."ior senti- 
mental, reasons ana pieasing surprise to New Years bride who is a des- 
cendant of rounder ol fted Horse Tavern". The Francis are from Beth- 
lehem, Pa; he associated with the Bethlehem bteei Co. 

An overnight guest of last ni ht was Captain t>. Tagan - a fine 
looking man of about 40 years. He spoke English well, but with a 
foreign accent. Talking with him durir.^ the daj revealed the fact 
that he is connected with the Pree French Army in Africa. He came 
over on a Clipper plane in four days time and is purchasing supplies 
in this country. Having a holiday today, Captain Tagan inquired about 
a typical New England Country tavern and was directed here. He be- 
came absorbed in the history ol the Inn, sat in the Parlor and read 
the "Tales". Later on he showed us pictures 01 his house in Africa 
and of several transport ships loaded with .trench troops. 

Friday, Jamicoy 2, 1942 Pleasant 

The holidays are over. To some the Christmas season is a uii'iicult 
one. It brings memories of Christmas days when the whole family 
joined together Tor merry making. Now the family is broken, lather 
ana mother have gone - boys and girls are separated. The season is 

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Friday, January *., 19^c (continued) 

lonely time. We hope that the Inn has ^i/veii in some small way, a bit 
of cheer and coaf ort to those guests who have shared this Christmas 
with us. We feel sure that it has done so in the case of the Dieffen- 
bachs. They are lonely women. Miss Joan remarked more than once 
during her stay: "'.(hen I get discouraged with my work or if I am very 
tired - I think of the Wayside Inn." 

We wild long remember a dinner party held in our old dining room 
during this past week. We do not know the name of the party; we did 
not speak to them - yet we felt that the dinner was a memoraDle occasion 
for the participants and not one of a happy nature. Four people sat at 
a taDie before the open fire ana as we ^asseu through the room we hardly 
6 lanceu in their direction. Mo words were spoken, yet in soxae strange 
way we were drawn to that particular table. Passing hurriedly, we sav>r 
a beautiful woman, youn 6 but with white hair - her head bowed slightly 
as she sipped hot soup. She sat opposite a tall, straight handsome 
young man. Her son. The woman's eyes were filled with tears. 

Saturday, January 3 t 194^ Pleasant 

Among our guests who come occasionally and who have been coming 
here for over a perioo. of years are Mrs. ftice and her daughter. Today 
they came and stood in- front o£ the open fire waiting for luncneon. 
"You know, I told my aau&hter this morning that I wanted to ^o out to 
eat where I would finu some refinement I she su-^ested ffayside and 
here we are I I always think of this as such a refined ^l^ce" saia 
Mrs . Rice . 

A gentleman handed us his card this afternoon anu we iearnea that 
we 'had entertained Mr. Theodore F. Gioisten of the American Home 
Magazine Corporation. Mr. dioisten has been taking a "summer" vacation 
tri^ by train - "just to find out how it can be done" he said. Next 
summer man^ people will want to vacation by train - so I am making this 
a Kind of test tour and will publish the im'ormation in our American 
Home Magazine. 



Sunday, January 4, 1942 Snow 

Year after year writers of the Liary have tried to describe 
the Inn during a snow storm. It is always a picture of periect 
Winter loveliness - a scene so similar to that described by 
Whittier in his "Snow Bound" that any other attempt to tell of 
a New England storm seems inadequate. He experienced our first 
storm of the season today. We will not begin to describe it. 
Snow was on the ground when we awoke and still falling, i<or 
most of the day we felt hibernated; we hovered near the fire- 
places - while out-of-doors soft snow clung to tree to^s, roofs 
and window sills. Not many people ventured out. a i'ew came for 
dinner and Sunday night supper.' 

Monday, January 5, 19^- Cloudy, cold 

An attractive youngster of five years was a luncheon guest ^/ 
today. He announced to one of the hostesses: "I'm an tngiish- 
man. Here for the War." 

A group of Club women from Worcester held a luncheon meet! g 
here today. They numbered 39 - &iid stayed 'till late afternoon, 
discussing their various problems around the luncheon tables. 

Tuesday, January 6, 1942 Cloudy 

Among guests at a dinner party hela in the Old Kitchen this 
evening, was Mr. Zoltan Haraszti. We have been wanting to meet 
Mr. Haraszti for some time. He is the Keeper of Rare Books and 
Jiditor of Publications at the Boston Public Library. After 
dinner Mr. Haraszti presented the Inn library with an autographed 
copy of his book: "Letters of T. W. Parsons." This Is a rather 
large, thin book containing letters of our "Poet" in the Tales 
of a Wayside Inn. Mr. Parsons was a friend of iiongf ellow ' s and 
it was partly through Parson's fondness for the Inn that Longfellow 
made this particular place the settin for his stories. Parsons 
came here innumerable times; spent Christmas day here and told 
Longfellow much about the poetic atmosphere he found at the old 
Red Horse Tavern. Parsons, himself, was a poet - and wrote two 
poems about the Inn. It was natural that Longfellow, in gather- 
ing a group of characters together, to recite his Tales, should 
include his friend Thomas W. Parsons among them. I'o get bacjs. to 
Mr. Haraszti. It was natural for us this evening to be especially 
interested in the man who has made a study of our "poet" - and pub- 
lished his letters. We found a charmiu per on; u man greatly 
appreciative of the Inn particularly its literary association. And 
we are pleased indeed to have an inscribed copy of his work. 

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Wednesday, January 7, 1942 

CHfl - AT i-tia INN 194.1 

Wednesday, January 7, 1942 (continued) 


Wednesday, January 7, 194* (continued) 



Thursday, January 3, 1942 Very cold 

And now we are experiencing some very cold weather. Twelve 
degrees below zero in budbiuy this morning, For the first time 
since last Winter we hattled out overshoes, mittens and mufflers. 
The school children appeared in their heaviest winter togs. 
More than one Inn-mate was seen with bright cheeks and a red nose. 
The stamping of feet as the guests entered and other gestures 
indicative of snow and cold made us realize that Old Man Winter 
is actually here. 

Friday, January 9, 1942 Cold 

A delightful tea guest this afternoon was a fine looking 
young man now stationed at the ttatertown Arsenal. He gave us a 
great deal of pleasure b} reciting passages from the "Tales of a 
Way side Inn", ihen he would ask: "Do you remember the storj about 
- ?" It was a great test. He remembered Baron Castine of St. 
Castine and Torquemada - some oi the more unfaiuiiiar Tales. "I've 
always wanted to come here", he said. Evidently the gentleman 
was brought up in some other part of the country and this is his 
first visit - if you would call it such - to New England. He 
is making it a point to visit historical sites. Hardly ever have 
we entertained a young person so thoroughly familiar with Long- 
fellow's work. 

Saturday, January 10, 1942 Ver,/ cold 

Many cards were received at Christmas time from Wayside Inn 
friends scattered all over the United States. £>ome of the names 
signed are unfamiliar. For instance we have a card from Mrs. S. 
W. Cake, St. Johns Newfoundland - who added this note to identify 
herself: "Visitor in September." Several came from our school 
hoys now in the Army and stationed in California. Other cards 
were from Bus drivers and conductors. Dr. McCollester of the 
Praters group remembers us every ^ear. A Miss Caroline Alexander 
sent us a very beautiful card sold for the benefit of the British 
War Relief Society. 



Sunday, January II, 1942 Cloudy 

The event which we wish to record today can hardly be called 
a ceremony. It was informal in every respect. There were no speeches 
uude; no flags were raised to honor the occasion. Nevertheless it 
was an affair of some historical importance. It marked a change. A 
new heating system has been installed. Today it was used for xhe 
first time. The fire was laid. A lighted match was placed in the 
hand of little Ralph J. Sennott, Jr. The heat rose through galvanized 
iron ducts to the grills which are located inconspicuously in the 
wall of each room. Thus this new service was inaugurated by our 
manager's son. The new heaters are not like the old furnace type 
but are like fireplaces - built into the chimney and located in the 

Monday, January 12, 1942 Cold 

There is a lull at this time of year. ftoads are icy, snow is 
on the ground, temperatures are low. Quests do not come in great 
numbers as in the bummer. The hostesses have other tasks to pursue. 
.For instance, Miss Fisher is working on a kind of scrap book which 
is to be a permanent record of Weddings held in the Martha-Mary 
Chapel. The signatures of every bride and groom and pictures of 
each wedding will be found therein. And ty the way, the deMille- 
Hoppin wedding was the sixth wedding to take place in our Chapel. 
Miss Fielding is checking the list of Inn furnishings, Fvery article 
has been card indexed, measurements and description given. Knhen it 
is ascertained that the article is in its proper place, a note is 
made on the card which represents said article. Pewter plates, iron 
kettles, tables, chairs, rugs every single item in the house is re- 
corded. Miss Staples finds plenty to do working among the historical 
records. All through the year she accumulates newspaper clippings, 
pictures, magazine articles, pamphlets, books, old maps etc. which 
are filed away either in the library or in large file boxes. These 
are arranged so that they may be accessible for reference. They 
constitute an historical record of Inn activities in the past and 
in the present. These records are supplemented with the writii. 
of the daily Diary - a copy of which is also kept in these files. 

Tuesday, January 13, 1942 Cold 

we haven't said much about the Colbys. They are new Wayside 
Inn devotees. They came here on their honeymoon during the past 
Summer. She is a daughter of the late Mr. Vesper George - founder 
and owner of an Art school in Boston. Mr. Colby is tall, dark and 

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Tuesday, January 13, 1942 (continued) 

handsome. Both are genial, good natured and full of fun. They Lave 
come several times since their honeymoon. Thanksgiving Day they 
brought Mrs. Colby's mother and a friend with them. A few days ago 
they came for dinner and stayed a long time. Mrs. Colby is naturally 
interested in Art. bhe is a designer and notices the form and line 
of things, bhe spoke the other evening of the Pipe tongs - not only 
beautiful in shape and workmanship, but useful as well, bhe said 
that today great stress is laid upon functional Art - a practical 
thing must also be artistic. "But that is not a new idea" said Mrs. 
Colby as she fondled the pipe tongs. 

Wednesday, January 14, 1942 Warmer 

The town of budbury is a quiet little town and seldom do we 
hear much about town activities. *or years we have felt remote 
from the town. A ^art of it - yes - but never concerned about 
Mr. and Mrs. Jones - who they were or where they lived. Now, hov/ever, 
murmurings from the town are reaching our ears; little bits of in- 
formation come in daily; all pertaining to defense work. Mr. Hay 
is in charge - some of our watchmen are Wardens. A first aid Clar- 
is under way. Ked Cross workers are appealing for money and supplies. 
budbury is getting prepared for any War emergency - and we must be 
prepared too. It is a time when we must work together with our bud- 
bury neighbors for the safety of all. No longer can we feel "apart". 
Kow to share responsibility, how to help one another and how to pull 
together. These are lessons we must learn The War is our teacher. 

Thursday, January 15, 19^- Cold 

And speaking of budbury. Yesterday budbury, Massachusetts, 
broadcasted to budbury, England. A good will program was given from 
Station WKUL in Boston. Nine of our budbury people participated. The 
President of the Woman's Club spoke to the Club's adopted War orphan, 
a little JSnglish girl, Jean Braund. Mr. Albert Haynes, our dancing 
master, gave a short history lesson to illustrate the many close ties 
the budburys have ana also Informed his listeners that in his buubur,, 
so many young men have volunteered for military service that as yet 
not one has had to be drafted, budbury, £j:igiand is in the county of 
Suffolk and is noted for three historic churches, it is the birth- 
place of Thomas Gainsborough, the painter and his house is still 
standing there. The name budbury is of baxon origin and comes from 
South Burgh. 

Friday, January 16, 1942 Cold 

This evening was a very pleasant otie. beveral small parties 
came in for dinner including one group who ate in the Old Kitchen. 

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Friday ^ January lb, L^i*l (continued) 

After eating all the dinner guests adjourned to the Bali room 
to see the classes in old fashioned dancing. It was evident that 
they enjoyed the dancing very much and after the last waltz hi 
been played, they came downstairs to go through the house. It 
was a late hour, but guests and hostess had an interesting time. 
The guests were enthusiastic, responsive, informative. 

"And still reluctant to retire 
the friends sat talking by the fire." 

Saturday, January 17, 1942 Cold 

Every day we hear words of appreciation for the Inn. Guests 
almost always say "thank you" and more. They express their respect 
and admiration for the Inn and for the man who is maiding its pre- 
servation possible. Sometimes our guests on reaching home, want 
to say more. They want to put their thoughts on paper - making 
their gratitude a bit stronger and more lasting. A recent letter 
has come from the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles. 
It is from Mr. Howard A. Campion, Assistant Superintendent of Adult 
and Vocational Education. It reads as follows; 

"You will not recall, but I visited the Wayside Inn and enjoyed 
your charming presentation on December 10. I assure you this was 
one of the most enjoyable parts of my visit throughout the East. 
You made the history of the Wayside Inn so interesting, so human, 
so full of understanding philosophy that I shall xon.^ remeiber the 
treat you provided. ' 

"Mr. Nihart, our supervisor of Vocational Education, and I have 
both enjoyed reading the account of the Wayside Inn bchools. I 
have made notes from the two issues of 1940* and I am returning them 
so you may have them available for other persons interested in this 
j rt of your program. I hope you will convey to Mr. Ford and the 
other responsible for the Wayside Inn, how mucn we all appreciate 
having history preserved in such an interesting form." 

Vi'AXblui Mm olAiil 

Sunday, January 13, ±942 feasant, warm 

a small boy, just arrived from uxeveiana, Ohio, visitea tne 
Inn today with his parents ana baby sister. The family have moved 
to .traiaingham anu this was their rirst place to "see" in hem ting- 
land. The son was wide eyed and open mouthed as he went 'through 
the Inn ana heara tne hostess tell oi' ola New England days and 
ways. In the parlor he niaue a kina 01 "aive" towards tne beauti- 
ful ola Spinet. "Gee", he said, "that piano is almost as good as 

Monuay, January 19, 194^ Storm 

This was one of the worst aavs that we have ever experieneeu 
as far as weather was concerneu. a "pea soup" log hung over the 
landscape aj.1 Oay long. It maue uriving an autojaoQixe a very 
dangerous business. Besides, tnere were spots oi' ice on the roads 
ana to maxe a baa matter 7«orse - a heavy, steaay rain leix. Tne 
wind blew hara at tijues ana altogether it was no aay to be out 
of Ouors. We felt the reaction - or lack ol action, here at the 
Inn. Not a guest appearea until a little after eignt o'clock this 
evening. Then five people, four xaxiies ana one gentleman came in 
from tne misty, cola night. They hoverea near the fireplace, wantea 
something to eat. The pantry respondea, the cook maae things 
piping hot ana our aay ended with these live people serveu. 

Tuesaay, January 20, 194^ Warm 

hvery time Professor bchell's group comes to the Inn, there is 
an inviteu guest - an outsider who, after dinner, is the speaker 
of the evening. He is not known bel'orehanu to other members ol the 
group. In other words, the speaker is a "surprise". Tonight Prof- 
essor achell introauced the stranger as "Mr. Brown". We don't 
know which Mr. Brown, but we learnea that he was a member of the 
Harriman Commission which went to Moscow in the J?'ali of 1941. It 
will be remembered that Harry Hopkins was the chief oi' this Commis- 
sion and held conferences with Stalin. Mr. Brown tonight tola of 
his experiences in Moscow when the Kussians were retreating. 
"Moscow was like any American city in its activities except lor the 
BiacK-outs at night" he saia. A striking incident occarea at a 
formaj. ainner party, a toast was maae to two hussian fxyers. The 
table was a very long one. air. Stalin not only arank a toast to 
the airmen, Out he wiakeu the whole length of tne table, shoo* their 
hands . 

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Wednesday, January 21, 1942 Pleasant 

Mr. Bowker who is our faithful Saturday night guest, has 
recently brought us an olu scrap booK iuaue by the Reverenu W. 
A. ?. Willard. Mr. Vkiilara was installed as minister in Sudbury 
in 1371. Previously, ±855, he taught school in Sterling, Mass., 
and was a school master in our little Redstone School before it 
was moved to the Inn property . 

An old certificate in the scrap booK reads like this: 
"This certifies that Mr. W. a. P. Vililard 
receives our approbation as a Teacher lor 
District Wo. 1, the present season. 

Dec. 3, l£55 bchool Committee of Sterling 

ivlr. Bowker also showed us a bell used in the Redstone school 
and presented to Mr. Willard by his pupils. In the scrap book 
is a note written at the time of presentation. Along side the 
note is the following in Mr. Willard' s handwriting. 

"The scholars whose names are here, gave me a 
bell to call the scholars from the play ground 
which was some distance away." 

Thursday, January 22, 1942 Pxeasant 

We were surprised this afternoon when a large Bus appeareu 
and a group of school children flocked into the Inn. They were 
from the Somervilie, Mass., Junior High School, 35 in number. 

Friday, January 23, x942 Pleasant 

mrs. Gross our near neighbor in the large Pearmain house was 
here this afternoon. She came to see her young uaughter perform 
in the dancing cxass and also to comb the childs hairl It seems 
that little Marcie said to her mother, "niummie, i wish you woujlCI 
come and fix my hair before I go to the uancing class." mis. uro^6 
says that iviarcie loves to dance and that she things it very ex- 
citing to attend the neastone ochooi. 

Saturday, January, 24, -t-942 feasant 

overnight guests xast night were Mr. MiUiaD «. o. auxton 
ana Mr. archdale Jones oi Wew lork Uity. Mr. uuxton is Director 
of the British- .American ^mDu±ance oorps. 

Preparations are underway today lor the arrival oi twenty 
ministers, memoers of one ne treat group who are due to arrive to- 
morrow, lor their 40th Annual nctreat. Ihis will be a very speciaj. 
occasion ana one to which we are looKing forward with a great deal 
oi interest. 

Sunday, January 25 , -L942 Pleasant 

4.0th KfiCUSAX - UWlvjut&AiilbT MlHibT&Ka 

van Schaick, Kose, Brooks, mcCoilester ana Perkins .... men as 
strong and noble in character as the very timbers of this ancient 
place. They are here tonight under the same gambrel root' which shel- 
tered Craters of a Wayside Inn Ketreat exactly lorty years ago. A 
lire burns cheerily on the hearth ana we notice that the Grandfather 
clock is ticking a new and livelier tune. As the pendulum swings 
back ana forth we hear for - tee, for - tee, for - tee. 

les, forty years ago Dr. .Frederick R. Perkins came across country 
from his little parish church in Haverhill, Mass. to meet at the Bay- 
side inn two other uni verbalist ministers, JJrs. ^lbion and Tomlinson. 
"It was a stormy Monday M , said Dr. Perkins as he looked back upon that 
first Retreat. "We haa no idea then that the Jfraters would continue 
to come here for forty years." There were only three men that first 
year. More came the second year and more continued to come until a 
limit in number was set at twenty, borne dropped out and others joined. 
During those first years it was a transitory group, later it became 
more stabilized. In what we might call the second half of .tie treat 
history (i923 - 1942) we too have witnessed changes, especially in the 
past few years. But now, on this 40th anniversary eve we find gathered 
here twenty .craters who are particularly congenial - one with, another; 
men who are laithiui to the Ketreat ideals; young men who will carry 
on the great traditions of fellowship and service founded by tnose 
three men - Albion, Tomlinson and Perkins in January 1902... 

Let us look in upon the .craters ox 1942. Dr. van ^chaick - Known 
to r raters and Inn household alike as "Dr. John" - is bending near the 
lamp in the Bar-room. His long, delicately shaped lingers hold a book 
and we see him adjust his glasses several times as he reads a few 
paragraphs from Thoreau's "(Jape Uod". *ui listen until someone mentions 
ihoreau's "naiden Pono". Then a discussion begins "Is 1 maiden ' his best 
book?" Alter a while we hear talk about Tragedy. What is it? Define it. 
Kose gives an example. Brooks expresses his idea of it. There is no 
disagreement; there is no arguing. Lach man is given a chance to ex- 
press his viewpoint. He does not force his opinion upon the others. 
Dr. Perkins on txie outskirts oi bhe group ended this particular discus- 
sion in this way; "I say, boys, the Tragedy is, that no one can define 
Trageay. I" 

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m>AX>51£l£ ItiH LilxUti 

bunday, January 25, 1942 (continued) 

jjr. Frederick IN. 

Charter member. 

Has not missed a 
single Ke treat . 

craters from long distances came in during the late evening. A 
particularly warm greeting was given Fred Leining and Dr. iteanon 
as tney drove in iroiu Syracuse, New lork. xhey started after their 
morning church services - eight hours by motor. Modest, quiet Harmon 
ueiir, the Oxe Duxjl oi the present group arriveu from r'hiJ.aaej.piiia cuid 
as the "uoodnight Devotions" were taking place, k»aixace riske appearea 
with his usuax iriendiy smixe. 

"(iooonight Devotions" are an innovation this year ana are to De 
n^xa in oiic uiu kitchen at 10 o'clock, ionight a lev; minutes were given 
to prayers anu a hymn. Wot .Long afterwards the r raters and inn family 
retired. More than one closed his eyes on this Winter night, lorty 
years alter, with tnese words ringing in his heart: 

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ii^Xoli^j lUli i>l<utU 

Sunday, January 25 > 1942 C continued.; 

"ivbiae with iae, last fails the eventiue 
ine aaricness deepens, iiora with me abiue 
when other helpers laix ana comforts 
Help 01 the helpless, 0, abide with me." 

Monday, January 26, 1-942 Pleasant, warm 

The official program oi" the itetreat - if there is anything 
"official" about a small typewritten sheet - announced that tnere Yiouid 
be a book review this morning at 10:30 o'clock. Ur. itose who was to 
review borokin's book, "The Cuisis of Our Age" was cajLieu. oacie to his 
parish for a funeral. Therefore the afternoon program was shiftea 
ahead. This was a reading by iuiss btapies oi "neaves irom the Inn 
uiary". Selections were reaa which to-Lc. of itetreat activities several 
years ago. The older men were particular iy interested in an account 
of a Spelling iiee. They chuckled over a description oi the time-keener 
and the way in which the Bee was conducteu. The ^eilin^ Bee was a 
Retreat tradition for many years and was generally held in the Parlor 
on!'..of,Lny evening. It was iinaliy given up and "nearly broke ur. 
ToiiiXinson' s heart when we no longer haa the Spelling bee" said ur. 
mtz. Before leaving the old Kitchen this morning the ivraters peered 
out one of the front windows to see a coupiei of snow drops. They 
have appeared in other years at Ke treat time. This year it seems as 
il they had made a special effort to show their tiny white heads to 
the Praters. 

This 40th is a Ke treat of rest and relaxation. "Wever was a 
Retreat so much needed as this one", we overheard a rrater remark. 
There are no particularly deep discussions, war talk is conspicuous 
by its absence. This afternoon the r raters were like boys on a school 
holiuay. urs. Tiske and Keamon found some skates down in the basement 
and headed towards Josephine Pond with thera. iMear the fire in the 
Bar-room a two-some played chess while a thiru looked on. ur, ^ilenwood 
went to his room to take a na^. Others walked to the mill and along 
uutton Koad. lodging through the hallways during the ai'ternoon were 
several, bewhiskered gentlemen in flowing robes arid high collars. They 
were rehearsing for the Dramatic Presentation of " uongfellow and His 
friends" to be given tomorrow evening. Re shut our eyes when we saw 
these strange cnaracters. Vie do not want to meet nuigi Monti or Henry 
Yiiare Wales until the proper time comes! 

This evening was devoted to "The Retreat and its Traditions". The 
40 years were divided into four parts. Br. Perkins took the beginnings. 
Ur. Mc Colloster followed with "Tne Second Period", while the third 
speaker was Ur. Eta who recounted events in the Transition Period. Ur. 
Seth R. Brooks told of the Later Period. Prom reports we learned that 
very fine history of the Retreat was given. "Goodnight Devotions" 
followed and thus the first day oi this 40th Retreat ended. 

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urs. Reamon ana i.eining 
the two "boys" from 

'van Dchaia<c ana rirooKS 

Tuesday, January 27, 1942 

Pieasant, warm 

Someone spoke to Dr. Perkins about the "scribe" oi" the Retreat - 
meaning Dr. Roger tf. Etz. "Yes, he is the one oiiicer oi the Retreat" 
saia Dr. Perkins. "I never remember of his being elected; he has never 
been re-elected and he has never resigned! " 

The annual business meeting - always oi' short auration was held, in the 
Ola Kitchen this morning. Then the Craters listened to Dean Clarence R. 
Skinner oi Tul'ts College speak on "Can we believe in Peace?" 

Directly alter luncheon, cameras were brought uownstairs ana the 
announcement maOe that the time hau come at last when tne ministers 
must look pxeasantl Then followed walks ana talks and more rehearsing 
lor tonight's performance. 

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Tuesaay, January 27, ±942 (continued) 

As is the custom every year - two or three ol the .t raters rode over 
to Framin^hom to call on Dr. Albion one ol the original three who started 
the Retreat (Albion, Tomiinson ana Perkins). PerKlns has not ioisseu. a 
single retreat; Tomiinson uied in 1930; iilbion is ill on^ has not been 
able to attena the meetings lor several years. It was therefore a line 
gesture this afternoon xor a delegation to call upon this one absentee. 
At dinner, cooked and served in the Ola Kitchen, a report was made - ala 
were infor^eu of tne visit to Dr. albion. 

The table was long ana the red table cioth and large bowl of apples 
delighted the Praters as they partook of roast oaei: done to a "turn" on 
the spit. There were many laughs ana songs =is thu dinner progressed. 
Then came a surprise. Miniature Red Horse signs - maae by the Doys in the 
school ana painted by kiss Fisher - were presented to every man present. 
It was a souvenir ol this 40th Retreat and at the bottom ol each sign 
were the words "hie Praters" ana the dates "1V0< - 1942" 

Tile i' raters 

Not all "40 year" 'men - but man^ have 
couie to the Inn twenty and twenty-five years in succession. 

Longfel low ana his fr iends at the Wayside Inn 

A lew members of the Inn family ana those ol' the Praters who were 
not taking part in the performance, assembled in the Parlor at 8 o'clock 
this evening. Three rows of chairs had been placed on the south siae of 
the room ana the audience waited impatiently for the time to come when 
they would see ".Longfellow and His .friends at the V.'aysiae Inn." 

Pirst we must explain that Donald Hoyt, shortly after his arrival 
on Sunday, was inspirea to write a Oonnet on the Inn. This he read as an 


Tuesday, January 27, 194-2 (continued) 

"The Red Horse Tavern on the old post road 
Sheltered a genial band through iaany years 

Still through these halls today, a ghostly crew 
Make known their presence, certain in renovm". 

Then came a voice from the rear - A Prologue 

"I who now speak am called the Wayside Inn. In the l7th ana l3th 
centuries I was icnown as Howe's Tavern. When ^olonel Ezekiei Howe put 
up my sign with its Red Horse, people began to call me the Red Horse 
Tavern. Finally Mr. Longfellow wrote the book which gave me a new name, 

Men still hunger ana thirst* Beei is beei' ana beas are beds ana the 
firelight makes the same flicKering shadows on the wall. No aii'ferent 
tie bouna the men who tola the Tales froiu that which binds the Praters 
of toaay. The joys ana sorrows of j.636 and 1942 are just alike, i.ove 
is love and hate is hate in buckskin or in velvet." 

Jerusha Howe cane sol toy into the room. As sue piavea upon the oia 
Spinet, her brother Lyman, the i,anaioru, appeared. He put a log oil the 
fire and announced; 

"They're all here now. Mr. Longfellow and Mr. Monti 

came by carriage from Cambriage. .. .they're as gleeful as boys let out of 

Jerusha (Miss wisher) spoKe her mind: 

"At least, we'll have some talk Dow about things other than 
cattle ana horses and prices. I'm glaa to see them come, but I'll be 

glad to see them go, I must confess These learneu men get stuffy 

after a time." 

Then they all came in - chatting ana laughing - Die Bull with his 
violin, the Spanish Jew in long i lowing roues, Luigi Monti the ioung 
Sicilian, with beara which "shot sideways liice a swallow's wings." ihe 
theologian ana the Poet sat on the sofa. Longfellow was askea to reaa 
new verses just published. The impersonation oi i.ongfeiiow was iinely aone, 
Dr. Cummins pxayea the part anu reaa all ohe stanzas oi" "toy .uost louth." 

"a boy's will is the wina's will 
Ana the thoughts oi youth are 
long, long thoughts." 

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WAYSIDlfi INN uiKili 

Tuesday, January 27, 1942 (continued) 

Next came the reading of the Honk Ox Casax-^aggiore, the third 
Taxe tola by the Young Sicilian in x<ongfexlow' s boo*, iiuigi Monti 
was in reality Dr. William Wallace Rose. 

And like in Longfellow's story the Young Sicilian was asked to play 
upon the Spinet. This he aid while the group joinea in singing "Star oi' 
the Azure Sky". Next, Wales (The Stuaent) spoke up saying, 

"Here's Xidrehi, silent as <=. irozen brook. Come 
Isaac, lorget that lona .Listening to the ghostly chimney winds". 

Ana with some persuasion XAirehi, (The opanish Jew) told his taie - 
"Azraei". At last, Longfellow suggests that uxe bull pxay a tune, inis 
he aid, an old Norwegian melody.. 

k voice is heard again irom the rear of the audience: 

"And drowsily goounight they said 
Ana went still gossiping to bed 
Ana xeft the parxor wrappea in gxoora" 

axx went out ox the room - sayin B "Goounight" to each other and 
"still gossiping", from the next room a soft humming ox "Star ox the 
Azure bky" was heard. The xanoiora entered, alone, and put another log 
on tiqe lire. 



Uj.e Suxx 
XiUigi Uonti 
Ponto (slave) 
J eras ha 

noDert cummins 
xrea Leining 
harmon Uehr 
haxiace ttose 
Koger Ltz 
Malxace ifiske 
Miss risher 
Max Kapp 
Cus reining 
Treaerick ". Perkins 

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Wednesday, January 23, 1942 


Dr. ijiierson Hugh naione 

nearuon ana Leining were up earxy this morning and on their way 
towards Syracuse before 8 o'clock. The rest of the .craters stayed i'or the 
Communion Service held in the iyiartha-Iviary Chapel. This took, place at 
10 o'cIock with Dr. Mc Coiloster conuuetin- the service, *i lev/ said 
their goodbyes before luncheon. The majority left directly after lunch- 
eon. Lalone, Kapp anu Hoyt remained - waiting for transportation. The 
time had been all too short. The .craters were ever so grateful, ijach 
one expressed his appreciation. Dr. John quietly handeu us a picture of 
longfellow made in 1363 - "the year he puDlisned the "Taxes". "I want you 
to nave it for the Inn" he said. 

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WAXiilDE INM Dl.irii 

Wednesday, January 28, 1942 C continued J 

nongfexlow wrote a ilnaie - But there is no ^'inaxe to write as 
this 40th Retreat comes to a close. men will continue to come and 
go for forty times forty years - such men as Kzekiel Howe, uxe mul, 
Treaaweil, nafayett-e anu Tomlinson. no matter what race or creeu or in 
what time. Unly the Inn will remain - its character strengthened and 
beautified by the imprints left by tnese men - deep imprints of mind 
and heart and soul. 

Dr. nee 3. Mc Ooxlester 


Thursday, January 29, 1942 Very cola 

We have returned to jut re b "uar asceuuie anu tonight entertaineU 
a .Large party. They were members oT St. Mary's uramatic Ciub from 
Kfaltham under the airection 01 Father Healey. Over a hundred men ana 
women partook oi a turicey dinner, s.rvea in the large aining room. The 
remainder ol the evening was spent in the large Ball room where dancing 
was enjoyed to the tunes oi* a five piece orchestra. 

iriday, January 3C, 1942 Pleasant 

i/cuicing classes were held as usual today; the children were here in 
the afternoon; the boys in the evening. Nevertheless the house seems 
empty ana lonely. We are constantly thinking of tne ne treat and remember- 
ing interesting incidents concerning it. Vie can hear men's voices sin b - 
ing in perfect harmony - "Garr,y me back to Ola Virginy" - anu we remember 
Dr. Coons remark when ne reaa of 25,000 Japanese being killed in the War. 
"It is too baa that we rejoice at otner peoples' suffering." We recall 
that Dr. Carmichael, President of Tufts College, was invited to tne Old 
Kitchen dinner and was unable to be present because of the pressure of 
business. We chuckle when we think of witty remarks such as the one made 
when we asked a certain minister to register in our Special guest book. 
"You see, you are to put your name in this book along with Calvin Coolidge, 
Charges lindberg etc", explained the hostess. "Yes," saia the rrater, "how 
lucky they are to be in the book with us!" 

Saturday, January 31 % i942 hain 

About 36 couples from towns in the vicinity of nincoin ana v<eston 
have been practising English ioIk dances ana some oi the old fashioned 
American dances. They wanted to have a part,y ana engagea our large 
dining room and ballroom for that purpose this evening. Mr. Haynes 
was asked to come to uirect the dancing ana after dinner tne Ballroom 
was practicaj-xy filled as the dancers swung tlieir partners in 
and tne like* mrs. hoppin, our miss ae Mille, came over irom fc'ramingham 
to pxay the violin ana the party was a great success. all enjoyed tne 
aancing anu came ^repareu for it. The women wore cotton aresses ana both 
men ana women wore ±ow heeied, soit solea shoes. 

WA3tsxi)ii inn uit\t\.± 

ounday, February 1, 194 Pleasant 

Y.e have reported many men in uniform here - men of the Army and 
Navy, «iost oi' the uniformed men are seen here on Sunday. Toda} .ve 
not only saw several men of the armed iorces, but we sa»» an automobile 
painted red, white and blue. It drove up to our door, its bou^ was 
white, the top blue and the fenders, reu. 

Monday, February *., 1942 Pleasant 

i_,very now and then we xiKe to ta^ce a aay from the Register and no Uj 
the places irom which the guests come, iesterday lor example we had the 
following cities and states representee besiues man} from Massachusetts. 

Dctiboa, Uanax Zone 
Portland, Oregon 
ciuueioru, Maine 
Manchester Uenter, Vermont 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Today we iounu the most genuinely interested guests to be Mr. anu 
Mrs. Sydney B. Johnson of Westport Point, i» They itee^ cui tuiti^ue 
shop through tne bummer and tour around antique places in the ..inter. 

Tuesday, rebruaiy ;, 1942 . Pleasant 

netter»are coming in irom the Praters almost ever} day and we 

i^uote from two or tnree: 

"There is a warm after-glow in my heart. The 
u^t: I spent at the Kayside Inn with the Praters 
cannot be forgotten." 

"ite talked constantly on one way home oi the 
wonderful time we hu.u had at the Inn." 

"The Retreat was a good one. rteamon and uehr 
are among our oest men." 

Wednesday, February 4, j.V4^ Pleasant 

*nu another letter came touaj- irom which we would xiKe to quote. 
It is written by Mrs. Harold B. ocars v.ho was in charge oi' the 
dancing part} la^i, Saturday evening. 

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Vwii.-iL/£j inn ultikCL 

Wednesday, February 4, I042 (continued) 

"Last Saturday night ai the nia^siae Inn was so fuil 
of real pleasure anu li^ht hear tea measure that I must 
pen you this note to tell you so, and share some ^art of 
u.j happy feelings with you who made it possible to have 
such a thoroughj.y enjoyable time, jcor myself - from start 
to finish it was as near perfection as any evening I couiu 
expect to plan." 

Thursday, February 5, 1942 Snow 

nittle snow flakes began to fall earlj this morning anu con- 
tinued thruu^n the day. At noon time the were larger. By 
night the covering on the ground was quite ueep and made travelling 
a hardship. We were surprised, therefore, when a car drove up to the 
door ana a single passenger hopped out. lit! was Mr. Phil Merriman - 
a Taucic Tour conductor whom we usually see only in the Summer time. 
In the Winter Mr. Merriman is "iaia off" for a while and spends his 
time in Hartford, Conn. A long time ago he promised himself a trip 
to the Wayside Inn "when show is on the ground ana I can take some 
pictures", he said. This evening was s^ent in chatting about Taucic 
Tours. Mr. Merriman usually taxes the Gus^e Pennisula trip, borne 
of the towns have been given up on account of the k«ar. "hut Mr. 
Tauck is going to Keep his hew ISngland Tour- running if he possibly 
can. It is his favorite tour ana the most- popular ", saia Mr. Merriman. 

Friday, February 6, j-94^ Stormy 

This noon we had the privilege of entertaining Dr. and Mrs. 
Gabriel .rarreii for luncheon. Dr. 'arrell is heaa of the PerKins 
Institution for the blind. We spoKe to Mrs. Parreil oi our pleasure 
in entertaining blind people at the Inn. ohe replied by saying that 
many PerKins stuuents have visiteu here ana have returneu full of 
enthusiasm for the things they have "seen". We hope to entertain 
more people from PerKins. 

baturuay, rebruary 7, 1V4^ Rain 

Mr. merriman is still nere. he hasn't been able to take any pictures 
yet. v«e have hau snow, yes, but not very pretty pictures are avaixubie. 
r'or the past two aays heavy rain anu mist have ^revaiiea. Koads are icy 
ana travelling is uangerous. live are gxau to have a guest who is enjoying 
the open fires ana the rest ana peace the Inn affords. 



Sunday, February 8th, 1942 Rain and Sleet 

A lone youn^ man in uniform wandered in today. He tola us he had 
hitch-hiked from Camp Devens. As regulations forbid excursions beyond 
twenty miles from camp, he toox a map, drew a circle of twenty miles 
around Devens, found that the huysiue Inn came within that area, so 
started out with the Inn as his destination. He was most interested* 
After seeing the house he sat down, wrote some postcards and chatted a 
while. Informed us he is under twenty years old, and that he had en- 
listed in New York. 

So many uniformed men drop in these days, as oxie bios them farewell 
the question in mind is - "Whither?" 

Monday, February 9th, 1942 Mild ana Clear 

B\ Congressional enactment at two a. M. tnis morning, the nation 
went on 'War Time'. Clocks were pushed an hour ahead; an hour of sleep 
was lost and won't be made up until six months after the war - the time 
decreed ior the cIocks to be turned back. 

Mr. Merriman of 'i'auck Tours came back again today to take pictures. 
He will return the end of the week to spend the night, and if the pictures 
are developed, will bring a screen and show them to us. 

Tuesday, February 10 th, 1942 Clear and Coxd 

7«e were told by a guest that Steigers Department Store Restaurant, 
in Connecticut, serves Indian Pudding, .listed on menu as made from meal 
purchased at Longfellow's Wayside Inn. 

Wednesday, February llth, 19^ Clear and Coxu 

Our guests in uniform tonight - a Chaplain from Fort Devens and a 
Lieutenant from Camp Lee, Virginia. The Chaplain none other than our 
old friend Father McDonough, formerly connected with a Boston parish, and 
now stationed at Lovell General Hospital, Fort Devens, Mass. 

The Chaplain attempted to converse with the Lieutenant but the 
Lieutenant had laryngitis and could not speax. l ,<e felt so sorry for him- 
he was on leave from camp, arid huu come to see his family and friends - 
perhaps a last visit before going overseas. He and his young lady ap- 
peared to enjoy themselves, however, despite the handicap. 

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YiklblDbj Iim DlASl (continued) 

Thursday, February 12th, 1942 Very colci and finely 

We haa a long conversation touuy with a guest - a Mrs. Griffiths - 
who is rather emotiona-Liy upset because of the war. Her son ana also 
the young man, to whom her daughter is engaged, are both in the service. 
Her son has just sailed for Kussia on a ship carrying ammunition. He tola 
her the ship is so ioaaea that the dec^s amidship will be awash most of 
tne journey. 

.Friday, February ±Jth, 1942 uxear ana Uoia - a very 

High Wind 

This seemea marked out especially as children's uay. We haa aancin& 
class - as usual. The winu literally blew our children into the Inn - 
it reduenea their cheeks and sparklea their eyes - but perhaps the antici- 
pation 01 the Valentine party in tne Dining rtoom aiter ciass, contributea 
to the sparkle. 

do cold ana winay we were haraxj expecting guests when tne ienocicer 
sounaea. On opening the door we iouna lour young women with tneir chiiuren. 
a Drioy carriage, which they wheeiea right into the Inn, containea Carol 
Jane Smith - six months old - who has brown eyes, ana ner friena and 
neighbor Jacqueline -^uinzio, live months old ana blue eyea - Uarox Jane 
in pale blue ana Jacqueline in pink. Then there were ueraiaine ^uinzio, 
two years, Arthur uavis three years, ana Taviu bmioh, ioar. 

The mothers haa never beiore visitea the Inn, ana were aeterminea to 
matce tne tour, niter tney haa watchea the dancing class Tor a while we 
star tea around with the group, lour year oiu uaviu smith audeu to the 
interest of the tour with his bright remarks ana observances; such as 
the long stemmea ciay pipe "must have belonged to Ola King Uoie." 

baturaay, rebruary x4th, 1V42 Fair - Warm 

Mr. ana Mrs. riinfrea ahoaues, a miaale agea couple, were morriea toaay 
ana come here to spena the night, having reserved Garden ana Jerusha several 
weeKS ago. Mrs. Khoades is a friena of Longfellow's granaaaughter . Mr. 
ahoaaes, a writer of some note, is connectea with one New England ivxeaical 
Center. His most popular book is "The beif xou Have to Tiive iVith", ana 
tomorrow a new book "The Great Adventure of Living" will be published. 

hnloiUL 1M. jli-JXl 

Sunday, February i5, 194^ Fair dim warmer 

Miss Mills who aines with us nearly every Sunuay through the 
winter, tola us, as she was leaving today, that she haa haa "too 
much happiness" - anu that we all hau contributed to this nappiness. 
bne appears to be a rather lonely person ana responas reauily to the 
slightest efi'ort of friendship. It seems that a iriend haa toxu Miss 
Mills that sne anu her husoanu haa occupied "Jerusna" room on their 
honeymoon. *vliss Mills haa not, in her long acquaintance with the Inn, 
known that we hau a room called " Jerusha" . he tola her about our 
rooms lor overnight guests ana suggestea that she go upstairs and see 
them* She was cnarm**d at the simplicity oi' the rooms ax*a the privilege 
extenaea to her. Then, too, she ainea early ana was tne only guest 
in the aining room - so v.itxiessea tne preparations for a family birth- 
day party. These little incidents maae for her the "too much happiness." 

One oi our frequent guests is a uoctor from iuarxboro, Dr. Roche. 
He usuaxlv corner on Sunday and brings members of his family with him. 
Tonight the 75th birthday oi Dr. rtoche's mother was celebrated. The 
party came in time for supper, a birtnuay cake was served at uessert 
time giving a festive touch to the occasion. 

It is a popular custom lor couples who have spent alx or part of 
their honeymoon here, to return on the anniversary oi their marriage. 
buch was the case this evening with a Mr. ana Mrs. baum who came here 
the first night 01 their marriage ana who have come every year since ; 
tonight was their 5th anniversary. 

Mondayj February j.6, 19-42 -Pleasant 

Returning from a week's vacation today a certain member oi the staff 
was struck by the serenity of the Inn. During the time spent in cities 
and in her own home - everywhere - there was talk ana thought of k»ar. 
Her friends uiscusseu it; the movies showed a inuruer story which ae- 
veiopea during a black-out; restaurants displayed ilags; stores suggestea 
buying Defense bonus aiong with other purchases; the ftauio shouteu news 
from Singapore ana newspaper ana magazine heauiines were iuii oi such 
words as "bombs' 1 ana "ruius". 

To step over the threshold oi this oia Inn this morning was lixe 
putting one't, ieet into a different World. Here was taiK oi the reace 
time variety. Would it rain today? Is your Mother welj.? Jia you 
receive a Valentine? And the Inn itseii. seemed to s^ea*. out-ioua of 
calmness ana serenity.^uur empxoyee was impresseu, all over again, with 
the iact that tne inn^iuii'iiiing a very great har neeu. it is an 

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Monday, lebruar,y ±6, 1942 

exceptionally strong base for moral armament. Civilian morale must be 
sustained through thicK ana thin, lighting men want to be sure that 
those ior whom they are iigntin^ are xoyai aim confident. Here is a 
pxace wnere the civilian can re-arm. doming in from the surrounuing 
turmoil, the confused traveller will linu uiat the Inn proviues him with 
new courage, hope anu i'aith. 

" tie must saleguara the emotionaj. staoiixty oi 
oj. the nation ana conserve tae things that can't 
be boubea but couxu be lost." 

Tuesday, February i7, i94^ Rain 

Mr. and Mrs. bowicer entertaineu a recently married couple here at 
dinner this evening, ine youn s man is stationed at Camp Devens and is 
.Leaving tomorrow lor parts urucnown. he is a paracnutist. 

The speaker this evening lor Professor DCheix's group was xr. lui 
<<ang ol the uninese foreign service - just returned Irom ijonuon. i>r. 
hayuen, one oi tne reguxar members 01 the group, presented the honor 
guest with a copy ol tne Tales as a souvenir oi tne i.aysiue Inn. 

..ednesday, rebruary 18, 194^- Fair and warm 

In the ^pringlielu union anu Ke publican lor January 11, 19^ are 
three pictures; winning photographs in the UecemDer print competition 
oi' the bpringl'iexd Photographic Society. The first we recognized im- 
mediately as our martha-iAary Chapel. There it stands solid against a 
s&y whose fleecy clouus maice an especiaix^ beautiliu background. The 
picture was awarded First Prize and was contributed by S. Alton Ralph. 
But more interesting to us than the picture itseii - we nave seen 
other pictures of our Chapel as beautilui - was the very appropriate 
caption underneath the picture, " The Soul of Hew ua^iand " it said. 

Thursday, February 19, 1942 Pleasant 

He were lilied with sympathy this evening when a pretty little wife 
told us tnat her husbanu is leaving soon for the War. "And we have a 
nine months old baby", she added. The couple are a Mr. and Mrs. Holder 
who have Deen dining here quite frequently during the past year. ". 
love this place ana have enjoy eu coming here so much" said Mrs. Hoxder. 
juonely days are ahead for this youn^ mother anu we hope very much that 
she will accept our invitation to spend at least one day at the Inn - 
bringing baby axong with her. 

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Friday, February 20, 1V42 Pleasant 

The Inn is a kind 01' half-way stop i'or a gooa many people motoring 
between New lork anu Maine. The MacKinnons are a family who make use 
of the Inn in this way anu tonight father ana son stoppea overnight. 
The} were on their way to Belfast, Maine, where they own a farm - in 
char 6 e of a caretaker through the winter. "We're going up do see if 
everhthing is aiiri & nt", saia Mr. MacKinnon^ "anu we'xl probably see 
you again on our way home." 

baturciay, February 21 t 1942 Pleasant 

Today is the beginning of a holiuay week-end ana many people in 
Boston and vicinity will spend their vacation in the mountains of 
Wen iiampsnire - having their run in the great out-of-aoors . The} would 
not agree with a recent Wayside Inn ^iiest who maae this remark: "I'm 
unueciaea whether to waste my time on iresh air or stay in this beautifi 
place 1 " 

kVitlblDiu INN UlitRY 

bunday, February 22, 194^ i^ieasant 

Uashington's Birthday 

iuiion^j many interested guests on this Winter holiday was a direct 
descendant or Uharles Carroll oi' Carroliton, iuuerican patriot in rtevo- 
iutionary time. He was Mr* d. "Wyman Carroll whose home is in Norwich, 
Connecticut. Mr. darroll has many i'amily heirlooms and other inter- 
esting antiques which he invited us to see sometime. He described a 
one handed clock, Staffordshire china, mahogany chairs, all of which 
have been placed in the attic of his house and made into a kind of 

iiionaay, February 23, 1942 Pleasant 

about lifteen members of the Appalachian Mountain uiub who spend 
most of their time sitting at office desics, took advantage oi this 
holiday Monday by getting into the country, They made the Inn their 
headquarters and late in the morning started from here on a hike. They 
headed towards the town of b'towe, but on the way found a pond which 
provided good skating. A picnic lunch was enjoyed and the group re- 
turned to the Inn at 5 o'clock. Several wanted tea while others sat 
around the fireplaces in hiking togs and rested from their day's 
pleasure . 

Tuesday, February 24, 1942 Pleasant 

Visitors this afternoon included a small boy who came hand in hand 
with his grandfather - a fine gentleman of the oiu school. "I've Deen 
in the druggist business 71 years", said the old man - and went on to 
tell us that he started work in an apothecary shop when 12 years old. 
The boy looked at his grandfather with pride as the druggist informed 
us that his store does not include other things besides drugs. "Oh 
I do have a lew candies for the kids, out I don't sei-L all the other 
things found in most drug stores. I've stuck to my business. ' oiioe- 
maker stick to your last'," he quoted. The boy is spending a schooi. 
vacation with his grandparents and when we askeu him how he passed the 
time, he answered, "I go down to the store every day with Grandpa." 
Urandpa has a good philosophy on liie and quoted several neipi'ui 
sayings which he apparently puts into practise, i have axwa\s tried 
to remember that "above the cxouds tne sun is always shining," ne said. 

K.eunesday, February 25, i94<: Pieasant 

Ihis is school vacation week, so we have entertained several boys 
and girls who have come to the Inn on their bicycles, inmost every oay 
two or three "bikes' are seen parked near the front uoor. xoaay 3 coy 
scouts tramped over irom .r'ramingham . iney waixeo up flit, wobscott, then 
came here. h± together they must have walked about l< miies. 

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Thursday, February 26, 1942 Pleasant 

ur. Sydney Morrison was the honor guest at a Birthday party this 
evening held in the uj-d Kitchen. Guests arrived with huge packages 
wrapped in bright colored paper ana ribbon. One 01 the largest bundles 
proved to be a basket >>* wheels - lor use in a garden. Dr. Morrison is 
a very successful X-ray specialist and spends week-enas at a l'arm in 
the country. Another "hobby" is a collection of books on Vermont. 
He was born and brought up there. Une thoughtful friend gave hiia a 
beautiful new book cal±eu "Winter in Vermont". Members 01 the party 
came early to watch the cooking of the meat on the bpit ana vegetables 
in the old iron pots. Thej stavea late. Games were playea amid a 
great deal of laughter. 

iuiother birthday was celebrated here this evening by a little 
■^dy, just thirteen years old today, "bhe loves old things", her 
mother said, "That's why we brought her here." When askea what kind 
of old things she likea best, the youngster replied, "uia clothes", 
bhe likes to dress herself up in hoop skirts, bonnets and shawls. 

i'riday, February 27, 19-42 Pleasant 

Two more birthdays were observed here toaay. The first and fore- 
most was that of our poet Longfellow. He was born one hundred and 
thirty-five years ago today. A wreath, made up ol greens from the 
Inn estate, was laia on the poet's grave at Mount Auburn cemetery in 
Cambridge . 

Longfellow would have loved the young lad who was born on the 
same day of the month as himself - and who chose the same Inn, beloved 
by the poet, as a fitting place to spend his birthday. The boy was 
11 years old today and came with his father and mother for a party - 
luncheon . 

Mrs. btuart Hoppin, formerly Miss de Mille hostess, was a visitor 
this evening at the dancing classes and was prevaiiea upon to play the 
Ole Bull violin. The boys ana Inn ramify were very much pleased. 

baturuay, February 28, 1942 Pleasant 

The boston Kerala shows a picture today of Mr. Henry Wads worth 
Longfellow Dana, taken in the subterranean room at Craigie House - a 
room used for the storage of valuable manuscripts. The iierald informs 
us that the room is to be converted into an air raia shelter. 

WA"fSiJm im uIaRX 

bunday, March 1, 1942 Pleasant 

Axmost every aay we hear our guests say something to the effect 
that the Inn - free from Defense projects - seems like a ftorld apart. 
Recently a dear old lauy spoke on this subject. She confessed, how- 
ever, to a feeling oi sadness deep in her heart wherever she goes. 
iiven here where there is calm and peace, this woman was carrying a 
heavy burden of anxiety. "I had a son in the last World 'War", she 
said, "and I can feel for every Mother who is sending her son into 
this War". Try, as we do, to keep the Inn in a "World apart", the 
shadow of V«ar hangs over us. Unce or tv/ice a day an airplane fj-ies 
overhead, sudbury is to have its first Blackout test next week. 
Faith must be our watchword. 

Why trust we not our Gou. 
Creation's Lore, and law 
Who framed the firmament emu keeps 
The sun and stars in awe? 

Ho kingdoms of this world 

His Kingdom shall subdue; 

No tyrant's roa, or conqueror's sword 

His patient plan undo. 

John Haynes Holmes 

Monday, March 2, 194-2 Pleasant 

miss i'isher returned from h^r vacation today. Miss l'leluing will 
be off this week. Hostesses are staying close to their homes this 
year on account of tire and gasoline shortage. 

Tuesday, March 3, 1942 Pleasant 

We never hearu Ox cake "flummery" or cake "trifle" until a guest 
called our attention to the desserts listed on an old bill of fare 
which hangs in the lower hall. Bith the aid of i.ebster's we learned 
tnat, cake flummery is cake with a soft custarc poured over it. Cake 
trifle is a dish of sponge cake soaked in wine .,1th macaroons fruit jams 
and whipped cream. 

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Wednesday, march 4, i942 x J xeasant 

whenever Mr* anu Mrs. wishing come from iiickiord, i-Jiode isj.and, 
to visit their daughter, they stop ftere lor luncheon. The daughter 
is a nurse at the Marlboro Hospital. Today ail three were guests at 
noon time. 

Thursday, march 5, x942 xM-easant, warm 

This is the 172nd anniversary 01 the Boston Massacre - March 5th. 
me maice note 01 this each year because ox t,ne massacre print Which 
hangs in the Bar-room. The print was made by Paul itevere anu used as 
propaganda at the time of the revolutionary «ar. 

ur. and Mrs. George 0. bhattuck oi Brookline arrived today xor a 
rest. Both are very active in civic affairs; Mrs. bhattucK. bein^ in- 
terested in oninese reiiei and in Pan American good-will relations. 

Friday, March 6, 1942 btormy 

Mark iwain said, "There is a sumptuous variety about the New xtfxgiand 
weather". There was certainly a variety about tne weather today, in 
the morning, dampness and fog.... Later a snow storm and towards evening 
a clear sky with tne sun shining. 

ur. and Mrs. Hanson from Belmont thought it a good day lor t,ea at 
the Inn. They came in the afternoon as soon as the doctor could get 
away - and they sat lor a lon& time in l'ront of the open fires. Mrs. 
Hanson workeu on a hooKed rug - reminding us of hana work done by women 
foxk in the old days. 

Saturday, March 7, 1942 Pxeasant 

It has been a long time since we have mentioneu Mr. ana Mrs. Bowicer 
who come regularly every baturday evening. This is to express again our 
appreciation of their interest in the Inn una their laithfulness in bring- 
ing roses every time they come. This evening the xxwkers, carrying a large 
Dunch of Talisman roses, appeared as usual. 

And speaking oi ilowers, Mrs. bhattucic graciously presented us with a 
dozen carnations when making her departure this morning. Both hr. ana Mrs. 
tihattuck were appreciative oi a quiet two uays spent in Lhe Inn. btormy 
weather prevented walks out-oi'-doors, but Mrs. bhattuck was a rear Polxy- 
anna when she said, "It is gooa - every now and then - to sit in the house 
ana just do notning." 

lolim INN DIARY. 
Sundaj , March 3, 19 warn ana Sunny 

The sunshine toaay or ought out. quite a xew sightseers. 

A group 01 iourteen was entertained at an old Kitchen winner by 
Mrs. Milliard G. natson of ritchburg. 

monoay, Match 9, J-94-2 Heavy Rain 

Kith the ground somewhat soi'tened by yesterday's warmth, today's 
steady downpour of rain must be a joy to the country residents whose 
weiTS have suiierea from the drought of the jjast year. 

Me hau an appreciation oi our parlor lurniture prettily expressed 
by a wen groomed oiu gentleman with a neatly clipped mustache. Gazing 
around the room, he tipoke oi the varieoy oi inij_uences in the making oi 
the aiiiereiit pieces, ne sa±a one piano is xrench - onipperidaie ohinese - 
^ueen Ann uutch. But they group so beautifully - xiice real j_aaies ana 
gentlemen, they fit in anywhere. 

ruesuay, March 10, 1942 rair 

Today's visitors a Mrs. Stewart of Weston and ner niece, Jean Stewart 
of Haaiei h, .^ssex, anglana, a rexugee. With them Miss Mary crown, who 
played the parlor piano. Miss Brown is the possessor of medals irom severaT 
crowned heads oi Europe for her woric in entertaining soluiers in World War I. 

Wednesday, March 11, V~}L*l Fair and Warm 

What the (Jhapel means to people may be shown by Mrs. Butler's visit 
today. She took the bus from Boston just to spend a half hour in the 
Uhapex to"relax ana meditate" - returning to Boston on the next bus. 

Thursday, March 12, 19-42 LTouay and flaw 

Signs of Spring, however, with a Grey line party to see tne Inn ana 
have luncheon. 

a party of eleven lor tea - Mrs. Stuart Hoppin (Muriel ae Millej ana 
her sister ana friends. 

rriaay, March 13, 194<: Fair ana Warm 

Today is quite a contrast to yesterday - a warm, sunny day anu the 
first Robin in the garden. The "obin was in flight when first been, which, 
we are toia means good xuck to the seer. 

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Saturday, March 14, 1942 Cold with £>now and 6ie 

several clusters of snow arops are standing up Dravely in the sleet. 
They have been in bloom for over a weeic. a few appeared the first weeic in 
February but thej were covered by the snow, and now alter the warm sun of 
the weeK, we have a seconu blooming. 


bunday, march 15, 1942 bieet and Rain 

"Mother" Olsen with her now famous son Jle btephen uull Ulsen and 
his wife were dinner guests touay. bon Uie is playing in "Hellzapoppin" 
current show in a Boston theatre. "Mother CJlsen", as she signed herself 
in our guest book, was born ana brought up in a log cabin in lnuianna - 
slept in a trundle bed - scrubbed iloors with bundles of dried rushes ana 
sand and used all the household utensils such as we have in the Oxa Kitchen. 
Mother Oisen said her sons (there is another son in the theatrical business J 
askeu her what she would liice most for a ift ana she saia "a log cabin 
hojae" with all the ola things her mother used to use but "up to date" too. 
The Ole Bull violin interested Mr, Ulsen. he bears the name Ole Bull 
through sentiment, not relationship. 

Monday, March 16, 194^ Clouay 

He have fallen in love with Virginia ityan, grandaughter of Thomas 
Fortune Kyar.. bhe has been here twice recently with her mngxisn governess, 
a Miss opixler. Vir 6 inia is 8 years oiu and lives in Newport, tf-houe Island, 
bhe has a brother in school at bouthboro, Mass. Therefore Miss opiiier's 
erranu is to find a shelter in this vicinity where Virginia can come in 
case Newport children are evacuated. Today she found a small apartment 
near bouthboro. Both Miss bpillcr ana Virginia are enjoyabxe guests. 
Virginia has a beautiful pencil box and likes to draw pictures - while Miss 
b^ixler entertains with stories about her cottage in Dover, mnglana. ,.e 
picture it near the "White Cliffs of lover" ana ieel as anxious lor its 
safety as does Miss bpiiler. bhe has built the place as a home for her 
retirement and it is filled with mementos oi children lor whom she has carea. 

Tuesaay, March ±7, 1942 Cloudy 

There were 11 men in Professor bchell's group this evening. Proiessor 
bchexl was absent, however - which made the evening not quite as interesting 
as usual, fie dia not learn the name oi the guest speaker. 

Wednesday, March 18, 19A2 rieasant 

Bicycles are beginning to be seen more ana more frequently arouna the 
Inn. Not only are they wheeled by children, but several adults have ap- 
peared on them, lie are hearing about the English style biices ana the 
Victory bikes - ana very fine ones with gear shifts. Today a couple of 
ladies rode over from Concord 12 miles - one way. They were dressed in 
special bicycle togs ana stayed for tea. 

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Thursday, March i9, i9<42 Windy 

Tavern Talk 

Visitor: "I love old furniture so much that X call 'feel' a piece 
ol" it even if my back is turned to it." 

iu;s. Jacic uaraner's raiuce - iamous museum in Boston - is still open, 
but guests inform us that it is nut as interesting because many of the 
treasures have been put away lor sale keeping during the duration. 

Army officers located on a special mission in boston lor the jjast six 
months, came here the night before being sent to "^arts unknown", "ije've 
been in Boston all this time ana are just now seeing the Historical places", 
they said. 

Horseback riders are not seen frequently but are becoming more numerous 
around the Inn. Two different parties have been seen during the past week. 

rriday, March <du, 19*+^ Clouuy 

a letter from Miss Maud St. John in Oaic Park, Illinois, came today, in 
it she informs us: "I visited the Inn last September. I lound I had two 
copies of the Mary uaab book - evidently having picked up a second one when 
I already had one. therefore 1 am sending .25 cents lor the extra book." 

The first baby lamb was born today. This always excites interest - 
especially among the children. They llock in great numbers to the sheep barn 
on uutton Koad as soon as this announcement is made. 

Saturday, March 21, 194*^ Cloudy 

A typical march day heralued Uie arrival of Spring, Hind ana rain made 
the cheery fires within more attractive to our guests - among them miss Julie 
narimer ana Miss Helen G. Thomas irom fteliesley who are here lor a restful 
week-end. He also have a bridal couple, Mr. ana mrs. Tram ". Myers, who 
wrote when making their reservation: "The Wayside Inn with its Ola mill 
across the way has a sentimental aspect to us." 

VmYblJJB Ititi Lilixhl 

Sunday, March 22, IS i/xouu^ 

ounday inclines us to meditation and seldom uoes the day pass 
without a little meditation on the Inn itseli - what it means to us 
aim to the many guests who come here. roday we were uiscussing the mar 
with a small group of guests. Wot so much the War itseli as the effect 
of the V«ar on the sentiment of the ijnerican people and their reaction to 
pxaces such as this. Will people become so emergea in the present con- 
fiict that they win lorget these American .Landmarks? or wixj. they cher- 
ish more than ever before these Mierican shrines which symbolize the 
.Liberty ana freedom lor which our forefathers i'ou 6 ht. Certainly there is 
only one answer, when the War is over Americans will turn with ever 
greater respect and admiration towards their Way side inns. 

Monday, march 23, i94^ Cloudy 

js Pisher reports an interesting 6 uest tnis morning - a small 
boy by the name of Joseph Berbeck. he is in the i?th grade in school ana 
has learned several oi Longfellow's poems, ne was quiet in the Parlor 
while Miss .Usher tola of the part Longfellow played in the history of 
this old Inn. But later, wtaile Joseph sat in the dining room at Breakfast 
with his parents, he volunteered a Longfellow poem. Miss Usher v/as 
called in while this seemingly bashful boy attempted to recite the whole 
oi "The Children's Hour". Miss Fisher says he hesitatea in several places 
but was able to reach the ena of the poem successfully. 

Tuesday , i.iarch 24, iV4^ Coxa 

We a re all glau to know oi' the sale arrival oi the oia sombre clock. 
It was sent to Dearborn to be repairea and has just returned in the 
custody of Mr. Bennett who has been visitin & in Dearborn. The clock is 
one oi' our most precious possessions ana has been greatly missed. Host- 
esses enjoy quoting Longfellon where he says, "The firelight. *.. crowned the 
sombre clock with flame - the lianas, the hours, the maker's name." 
Guests enjoy seeing the actual clock which will now be in its accustomed 
x ~j.ace in a corner of the Parlor. 

The ^uison phonograph which belongs in a beautiful old chest in the 
ruoi.i, has also been repairea ana returned. Old time uance records 

are available and guests oi'ten find this machine, witn its recoras, a 

source of D oou entertainment. 

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Wednesday, march 25, 194^ 


I t the WAXSIifti INU 

The Red Horse prancing on 
the sign, seeiub a little live- 
lier as Spring approaches and 
he looks down upon one of the 
school boys preparing the drive- 
way lor Spring visitors. 

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Thursday, March 26, 194^ Pleasant 

Work on repairing the i'ront part oi the Inn is progressing 

rapidly, Sturuy new ti^Ders are replacing the old ones - which, 
when uncovereu, were i'ounu to be unsafe lor the hunareas of guests 
passing over them. Particularly was this true at the rear of the 
second i'loor hall. 1'he front stairs were also i'ounu to be oi' 
delicate construction ana have Deen repxaceu. Paper in Doth upper 
ana lower hails has been taken off and new piaster xaiu. when this 
is thoroughly dry, a new paper will appear of appropriate aesign. 
..e are looking forward to the time when guests exclaim, "What xovexy 
old paper!" uiten ^hen repair work is done, guests are completely 
unaware oi it. There is very little difference in the appearance 
oi' the rooi-s aria the ola atmosphere is still retained. 

Friday, March 27, 1942 Cloudy 

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Saturday, March 28, 1942 Cold 

an old lady, after reading the lines scratched on the window 
panes in the Parlor, quoted the following verse. She could not re- 
call its source - just an echo i'rom her youth. 

"she whose fair hand these scratchy lines betoKen 
i.rote them on glass - she knew it could be broken." 

"e obtainea a signature lor our boolc of distinguished guests 
thito evening. The new name is that oi' Robert P. Tristran Coffin - 
noted writer and poet and teacher at bowdoin College. In our book 
he registeroa i'rom Longfellow's College, Brunswick, Maine.. 


Jfriday , March 27 

delated Pictures 

miss wisher as Aunt Jerush;. 
in the piay given by 

the rraters 
at their 40th Retreat 


rave - i't> , xV4*- 

WAiolDA DIN uLacul 

bunaay, march 29, -1-942 fxeasant 

ihe Inn toolc on a nar time air today as group alter group consisted 
ol men in uniform with wives and sweethearts. Many stayed lor dinner arm 
told us that their homes were in distant parts of the United States. He 
are trying to learn the significance of the various insignia which the 
men wear. He have entertained colonels, midshipmen, air corps pilots ana 
marines . 

Monday, March 30, ±942 rieasant 

A pleasant scene confronted us as we entered the Parlor around 10 
o'cxock. this evening, xour young people were gathereu around the spinet, 
jne oi them was playing while the others sang. Strong young voices 
joined heartily in some of the old favorites - "brinx to me only with thine 
eyes" ana others. We keep a boox of familiar songs in the drawer of the 
Spinet. This had evidently been found ana the pages in it were turned from 
one song to another for aunost an hour. These were men and women in tdeir 
twenties - workers through the daytime ana here for a little relaxation. 
The house itself was interesting to them, but the most enjoyable part of 
the evening was the song fete around the old piano. They expressed hearty 
appreciation of a gooa old fashioned good time. 

Tuesday, March 31, 1942 Pleasant 

a distinguished guest this evening was the future President oi a small 
.tiaine college. He was Professor bixier of Harvard recently appointed head 
of Colby college. The part,/ to which Professor rJixLer belonged was a rather 
formal one - four people - and the hostess on duty was not able to obtain 
much information. We remember that the appointment of Professor bixier to 
his new post was announced in ail the local newspapers and is a position 
of importance in academic circles. 

Wednesday, April 1, i942 Pleasant 

Cards which have been passed to us over the bar recently, bear the 
names of interesting guests. One is that of miss Dorothy Higgins, 
Managing suitor - Gateway Magazine - and the other is that of Philip N. 
iXKman, second vice president of the John Hancocx Mutual L.iie insurance Co* 

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WAISIDE IwW DIAEX (continueu) 

Wednesday, April 1, 1942 (continued) 

a man with a very loua voice walked into the Inn not long ago and 
asked if he might show his friend arouna. On the way "around" we coulu 
hear every remark made to his friend. One of them was this: "I fee± 
more at home here than I do in my own home i " 

Thursday, April 2, 1942 


Mr. Birdseye, founder oi Birdseye Foods, was a .Luncheon guest this 
noon. Another notable was Miss Susan Sal tons tall, young daughter of the 
governor of Massachusetts. She was accompanied by two friends her own age 
(about li years) and two adults. Still another interesting guest was a 
man who has just returned from California. He snowea us a piece of shrapnel 
picked up at the time a Japanese observation plane was sighted off the Cali- 
fornia coast. Anti-aircraft guns fired at it. The shrapnel was from an 
American bomb. 

Friday, April 3, 1942 


Severaj. school groups have visited us this week. They are coming from 
other parts of the country. Today tii^re were about 'JO students from Kew 
YorK state. Instead oi: going to Washington this year High schools are 
planning historical trips to other p±aces. The usual custom has been for 
school children to save their money for a trip to Washington. The nar has 
changed this traaition. Washington is already overcrowded; tne chiiaren 
are not wanted there. Boston, with its many historical sites, is serving 
as a good substitute. 

Saturday, April 4, 1942 


The faster season with its lovely warm sunshine and white lilies is 
upon us anu today we were bus;y with holiday guests passing this way to 
spend Easter with frienas or relatives. At noon time we entertained Air. 
John ft. Felska, from the Dearborn Inn. He was here with his brother and 
stayed for luncheon, a third member of the FeisKa family is stationeu at 
Fort Devens - about 25 miles from here - and the boys had been spending a 
few days with their brother. A Kind lady offered to drive them over here. 
Their time was somewhat limited because they were scheduled to ieave for 
Dearborn this afternoon. Naturally John was very much interesteu in our 
Inn because of his connection with the Dearborn Inn. from Dearborn today were exeven men from the Houge pxant, on 
business with the General .electric Company at lynn, Mass. They stayea for 
luncheon anu louna the old kitchen of particular interest* 

t.nxoliji, INN UIAKX 

Sunday, Aprix 5, 1942 i J leasant 


r^aster with its atmosphere oi ilowers anu music was ooservea at tne 
Inn by large numbers oi guests who came for uinner. Many admirea the ilowers 
which uecorated the house anu the ai'ternoon sunsnine brought warmth anu 
Spring into the air. The lauies were dressed in new clothes; ituiij oi the 
gentlemen in uniforms. axi uay xong the house was iiiieu with 6 uests. At 
lour o'cIock the Soys School conducteu a very line service in the Martha- 
War^ Uhupex. a guest who attenued gave us one oi the programs, jur eyes 
i'eii upon the last two lines ol the well known hymn - "o worship the Kin & ", 
and over anu over again we repeated them as this master bunaay oi 1942 
arew to a exose. 

"Thy mercies how tenuer, how firm to the end. 

Our MaKer, ueienaer, nedeemer anu frienu." 

ivionuay, rt pril 6, 1942 Very fxeasant 

We were pleased to entertain severax very enj oy abxe guests this evenin . 
rirst a goou xooKing young coupxe who appeareu in time lor dinner anu toxu us 
that this was their first visit to the Inn. *»e explained the history oi the 
house, uescribed the bar-room anu then went to the Jid Kitchen. Antiques wege 
new to this apparently newly-wed coupxe anu they excxaimea enthusiasticaxxy 
over each and every thing, suddenly the young man turneu to his wiie anu in' 
a tone oi ecstasy saiu, "I thimc we're & °i n 6 to like New x^n & -Lui:u after aixl" 

The rest of the evenii.- was spent with a group ox four which incxuueu 
three men connecteu with the fanny farmer canuy Dusiness. Mr. rairchixa maites 
the familiar box useu by this oxu estabxisheu company - anu he assureu us 
that the same box witn its ovax picture oi wxss Farmer tnereon wixx not du 
changeu for many years to come. 

Tuesua^, *prix 7, 1942 pleasant 

The question ox r>us service is confronting us. <«ixx ^x b nt-5eeing Dusses 
be aixoweu to run this bummer or wixx people wanting to travel oe compexxeu 
to uo so by train? do lar there lias Deer; no uefinite decision maue. ooi^ 
quentj.y axmost every day now tne orey xdne Dus arrives bringing us a. lew 
passengers. This mattes us leef as if oumiaer was actuaixy creeping in upon us. 
Dxowxy the number oi bus guests increases until in June anu Juiv we entertain 
as many as fifty or a hundreu each uay. Dome oi ohe reguxar bus urivers ana 
conuuetors have gone to the - Out we are not surprised an,)' uuj to see the 

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^iloljjL, INH Liintxi (continueuj 

Tuesday j April 7, 1942 

big grey monster appear. Today there were aDout thirty-five aboaru - mostly 
High school students from a small town in Mew iork state. 

Wednesday, April o, 1942 Pheasant 

And speaking of the orey nine, we entertainea a particularly enjoyaDie 
oia gentxeman who came via the drey Line on a recent sight seeing tour. He 
listenea to every wora the hostess spo&e. he responueu enthusiastically anu 
when old fashioned dancing was mentioned - the Quadrille ana oeasiae Poiica - 
he spoice out loud before a room full of guests: "Thank uou Tor one px^ce whicl 
is still civixized", he saia. seeing the Hessian soldiers used as anairons 
in the bar-room, the same gentleman expressed a aesire to shake hands with 
them, "one oi my ancestors was a Hessian", he informed us. 

Thursday j April 9> 1942 oioudy 

We experienced our secona black-out this evening, rramea curtains have 
been maae to lit the riar-room windows ana that is the oni^ rooi.. where lights 
are allowed. Tonight for the lirst time, we heard the blast from our new 
siren which is attachea to the roof and gives warning to all the people v.'ho 
live on the estate, several of the men are Wardens and boys in the scxxooi 
are messengers. Uur station wagons are to be used as ambulances. We iext a 
little better organizeu tonight than belore ana hope for perfect functioning 
when the state-wide Black-out comes. 


sixty-seven members of the Hudson women's Lluo were luncheon quests this 

i'riuay, April 10, x94k ^now 

nil nprii snow storm covered the landscape today ana maae trees and roofs 
ana window sills look liice mia winter, we have haa few warm aa^s ana Spring 
does not seem "just arouna the corner" - although the lilac buus are moK.ii 
brave effort to show themselves. 

Saturday, April ll, 1942 Snow 

We met the author of "The Self you have to live with", Hi . Ninfred 
nhoades, when he came here on his honeymoon a short time ago. ihe book was a 
"best seller" ana was followed by "The Great ndventure of nivin^". Todaj ire 
received a copy of the xatter as & gift from Mr. Khoades. Quotations from it 
are these: 

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Saturday, April ±1, 1942 (continued) 

"Courage is not, the absence of fear; it, is the 
conquest 01 i'ear." 

"because of what you 0.0 or thiiiK today you will be 
tomorrow something other than you are now." 

"lou are shaped by what you are interested in; you are 
interested in what .you permit yourself to think 
about; you notice what you nave traineu yourself 
to notice." 


Sunaay, April 12, 1942 Pleasant, wij 3 

Many Finnish people live in our neighboring town oi Maynard. 

They work in the mills. This afternoon a small O roup oi' them came 
over from toaynara to see the Inn ana with them was a distinguished 
gentleman - an orchestra leader anu conductor. He was Mr. i'anno 
Hanhikainen from Detroit. In our a uest booic Mr. Hannikainen maue 
a little scale ana wrote the iirst measures 01' the rinnish National 
Anthem, "Jj'inlandia" by bibeiius. He spoke of knowing Mr. Jf'ord and 
seemed to enjoy the Inn very much indeed. 

Monday, April 13, 1942 Very pleasant 

We seldom have a guest register from Siberia, but today the 
ae oi that vast country appeared on oar book, lite ui^de a special, 
point of contacting the guest ana learnea that he was born in Liberia. 
He lived there until 3 years oo.a ana hasn't been back lor 2u years. 
"I may return most any day now", said he. "I'm going into the air 
corps next week." Liberia is nut only a place where Russian prison- 
ers are sent to work the mines, but it is also a country of lar fe e 
farms. Great quantities oi wheat and other grains are raised. "I 
j-iveu on a farm like that", explained this good looking, yourij, man - 
and he went on to tell us about the bitter culu of winter when the 
temperatuee is 70 and 80 degrees below zero. There are only lour 
months oi relief. Then it is ver) , very hot. "Ho in-between tem- 
perature", he said. 

Uine very nice ladies from Watertown enjoyeu diiaier here this 
evening cjia afterwards a trip through the hoase. They are neighbors 
who gather once a week to play cards anu at the ena oi' the year treat 
themselves to a dinner party. 

Tuesday, April 14, 19/vc Cold 

hn eiaerly gentleman xrticuiariy pleased to see our 
wooden dishes in the kitchen. He toxa ox reading old inventories 
and accounts oi people who iiveu in by-gone uays. "Many times I've 
read of a 'Dish-turner' ", he said, "iinu never Knew the exact meaning." 
Evidently a "aish-tumer" was a man who turneu out Wooden uishes on 
a lathe. 

iieanesaay, April 15, j-94^ Showers 

The Inn looks unusually well this Sprin & alter the recent repair 
work. This is hearing completion. The last "job" was a new iloor in 
the original dining room. Wide boards have been used to conform with 
the appearance of the old ones. These are much safer for guests and others 

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Wednesday, April 15, ±9A^ (continued J 

to walk upon. The hall is neat and trim with i'resh wall paper - still 
a hunting scene and hunters in red coats like in tne pattern of the old 
paper. The sombre clock is in its usual place after a journey to Dear- 
born lor repairs and in a short time every single chair, table ana picture 
will be in its accustomed position. 

Thursday, April 16, 1942 Rain 

Longfellow and his poems reminded one of our 6 uests today oi her 
contribution, as a child, to the erection of a Longfellow monument in 
Portland, Maine* Lvery school child was asked to give lO cents for the 
memorial. "I never pass the statue without feeling that I own a part 
of it", saia this elderly lady. 

priday, April j.7, 1 c / j 4<- Showers 

».e had a thrilling "find" today when one of the masons working in 
the original dining room unearthea a scrap of paper - frayed around the 
edges ana yellowed. It was lodged between the chimney and front panel- 
ling of the iirepiace. It is rectangular ana approximately llg" oy 6j" . 
On one side is written in large, bolu letters "A. howe, buabury" . un 
the other siae is a printed poem caixed "The lamplighter". The date is 
January l, 1816. The lamplighter is pictured in a dark setting with 
ladder ana torch, underneath is a poem of 5 verses - one of which is this: 

"oee the oris* Lightman, move his steady round, 

Is labours light, but yet it hath no bound 
J^'rom street to street, through ally, warf ana lane 
He fleets along, his liviihood to gain." 

Adam Howe is remembered as the howe landlord of the Inn. He 
was here betv/een 17y6 ana 1830. Adeline mint ^ives a picture of the Inn 
during Adam Howe's time in Harpers Magazine lor August 1880. ^he says 
that Adam was painstaking ana prosperous. "His broaa acres stretched 
through meadow ana woodland for miles away. His good wife, ?/ith ample 
force ox male and female accessories, conducted the menage and their 
two sons lyman ana Aaam ana one daughter, .Jerusha, maae up tne perfect 
family picture. 

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E DiU DIARY (continued; 

Saturday, April x3, 194-2 Clearing 

k<e are feeling the hustle and bustle oi" a holiday week-end. 
Tonight our roouib were filled with overnight guests. Mr. ana Mrs. 
1.1. i. Piummer came from auburn, Maine and were particularly inter- 
ested in the house itself - the wiue lloor boarus, the hinges, the 
1'irepiaces etc. Mr. ana Mrs. M. P. lnaibriage were on their way to 
Lne after a -./inter in the south and Mr. ana Mrs. Or ton uamjj were 
here to attena a wedding this evening in the neighboring town 01 
Lincoln. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph morse who have been here since March 26, 
are occupying the Jerusha and uaraen rooms while their new-oia 
house is bein 6 maae reauy tor occupancy. 

IDE l:.,i UlARY 

Sunday, April i^, 1942 Pleasant 

All daj long on this holiday, we bold our guests the stor^ of Colonel 
Ezekiel Howe and how he led two Sudbury Companies to Concord on the 17th 
oi" April 1775* This was the fact which inspired Longfello . h writing 
the Tales of - rtlayside Inn to give the storj Paul Revere' s Ride to the 
landlord to tell. The lanuioru at Dnat time being .., ■ . 's gi indson, 

Howe. Other things in the Inn which brings this holid 3, .oser to 
us are the two pictures which hang in the Bar re m C the Inn - printed 
by Paul Kevere. 

A verj pi itty _-.: ; _i- took place in the Martha-Mary Chaj after- 
nooi Lss Beatrice Almeda Anderson of ..orceste- h a le 01 
Mr. Jay L. Mumma 01 Hanover, Pennsylvania. The Chapel was decorated prettily 
and about a hundred guests witnessed the ceremony performe bj -..v. i . a. 
Kricson. After the ceremony at 4 o'clock, all the uests came to the Inn 
for a reception and supper. The large dining row- decorated with Spring 
flowers and a high nrhite wedding cake cut. During supj . bel 
^nders w rson sang two or three solos including "I love you truly." 
altogether we thought this to be one u^ the nicest wedding parties ever held 
at the Inn. 

Monday, April 20, 19-42 Partly exouay 

Guests numbering around a hundred started to arrive at noon time foi 
Lng reception ana luncheon scheduled for 1:30 o'clock, fhe orchestra 
seated themselves in the large Ball room and the recej ell under 

3 by bhe time the briae ana grooi.: arrived, 'rhey were Mr. an . John 
Smith - marrieu early this morning. After luncheon idjourned to 

the Baxi room where music and general good time loiiowea "till later after- 
noon. Then the briae ana groom made their departure amid a showering 01 

Still .Later in the afternoon a group 01 120 stuaents from the Atlantic 
union College, South Lancaster, Mass., came to see the house, we ha.a thought 
to make the story of t r brief lor this group because Ox 

that th 3 re j ent the greater part of bhe . 

became so interested in the Inn, however, that j ent nearly an hour in 
explaining things to them. 

Tuesday, kpril ^x, 194-2 Pie 

It uoesn't seem po! nother year has runeu by ana Professor 

Schell's meeting tonight was the last for bhis season, ihio group, coi 
oi professioi Harvard and the iute 0, inoloi 

and sumbering around fifteen - are anoth Le Inn tradition. 3 tave 
been coming annually ur seventeen years. 

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Tuesday, April 21, 1942 (continued) 

At dinner ti : b budenti \ j in front 

ox' the Inn nnounced that th 3 3 house. - 3es 

took i- j - the . hool of Commerce, 

. , thi] iy- ive. The te in charg 

s onlj b their number. . >uld be here drty-fi - more 
idents tomorrow. 

jsday, c L 22, iy4<~ j ant 

This b ; brought out lots oi ht-seers in th ,er- 

ost ev< j . re seve ren. Thi 

vacation week. Among Lrls from the Ho . L 3 

b School in New Bedford, Mass., . two Sisters. 

A tra ic situation which turneu out to be a rather humorous one, pre- 
ted itself this afternoon jood looki Llor bo^ hobbled into the 
Inn on a pair of crutches. Guests sitting in the Bar r -red "] 

..-tic ", and aeciued among t : .ves that the young .s one 01 the 
first American War heroes - pr indea at Pearl Harbor, iheir ii 
gination led them to think that, the boy was brought back on a stretcher. 
They wondered in what ho: s convalescing, rhey finally said that 

above all places they were glad to have seen their first War wounded ich 
a historic place as th , xde Inn. one of the hostesses, in the meantime, 
learned from the hea oross worker who Co. y, is hurt in 

an automobile accident while travelling from lor^ to Boston! The 

; seen, still jouring ; L; 00 burst 

into tears. 

y, 23, L942 Pleasant 

Sometime ago - about the last of December - we hau the pleasure ox 
hearing Miss Dia rding, aged 12, rec ae of her own poems, it .... 
delightful tning about a haunted house and Dial ' . ot reciting it was 
sincere. It was trui^ j tion bj 

3 were much impressed with the child* Kecentlj «e received a poeii c 
"The Wayside Inn" written bj- this little girl alter her /is .... 
.! is eleven verses long. 1 , lose::, some OJ Lt > ch not 1 ad ^ 
author her! . bo ha >\ ■_„ voice. I the verr 

A travellers' lodging 
Is the place Mr. Longfellow 
side Inn. 

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N L,I*tCL 

■sday, A pril 23 , 1©42 (continued,) 

Henrj Ford came just in tj 
To . from cruwbiin^ 

• the t d in the . 
On the hilltop, in the valley, bj bhi 

No house can ever be 
Or ever was known to have been 
More aaorned with antiquity 
Than this old 3 Lde Inn 

Friday, April 24, 1942 Pleasant 

The annual visit of students from the New Haven State Teachers' 
ooilege took place this afternoon when 75 students arrived by Bus. This is 

iys an enjoyable group to entertain. They apparently b iean much k 
and information. Practically every one carries note book ana pencil.. 

The i Spring aance of the -Doys School was held this evening in 
the large Ball room, tin orchestra played for old fashioned dancing. The 
young iaaies wore their best dresses ana refreshments were servea. 

Saturday, April 25, 1942 Pleasant 

Sixty-one Maine High Schools competed in a Dramatic contest recent 
First place was won by the Rockland High School with their 'The aast 
Curtain". There were only lour in the cast, two boys ana two girls. These 
youngsters visited the Inn toaay. Tonight they will attend the New England 
Drama Festival in Boston - when it will be determined whether these Maine 
youngsters are lirst in dramatic ability over ail New England, They were 
not nervous, however, ana said "We'll ao just the best we know how." 

We remembered Mr. Stern as a student at Harvard when he came to the 
Inn frequently. Alter graduation we lost track of him. Tonight he appeared 

for the lirst time in 3g years, he has been working in New York ana a week 
a b o re^ortea for military duty at Greenfield, Mass. "How that I'm near the 
aear old Wayside Inn again, you'll see me often", saiu Mr. ^oern. 


6unuay, nprix 26, x942 


ft very pretty 50th Heading anniversary was celebrated here 
this evenin G when a Mr. ana Mrs. i.ieiJnire of Huason sat aown at 
dinner with ±7 members of their i'aiuxiy. The family included chil- 
dren anu grandehildren. iavors in tne shape of gold oej-j-s aaaed an 
appropriate touch to the occasion. 

Monday, ^prii <d7, 1942 


Our April 19th 

Beatrice Anderson iviununa 

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WAYSIDE INN DIARY (continued) 

Monday, ^prii 27, j.942 (continued; 

Mr. ana wirs. Jay L. Mumma 
lw&rrieu in the 
Martha - Mary 
Chapel . 



WAYblOi; INN DlARY. (continued J 

Tuesday, April 28, iy^+2 f-'xeasant 

The Queens of Avalon, youn a woman's ciub, from Marlboro, 
celebrated tneir 25th anniversary here this evening and enjoyed 
dinner served in the xarge dining room. The Queens oi' Avalon 
is a. social and charitable organization and is interdenominational 
in Protestant churches. Tonight one oi the Charter members ox the 
i.iariooro branch was present. 

Wednesday, April 29 , 1942 Pleasant 

Littxe gir^ hastening towards the spinet in the Parlor: 
' ! y, what a pretty old spindlel" 

naay and daughter: "We are uoin_, oar sightseein now while 
there is gasoline to be haa. rd'ter the 14th of May, we will have 
to stay at home." They were i'rom Mew York City. 

Hostess explaining things in the olu kitchen: "Men ^ hundred 
years ago used to present household utensils as birthday and 
valentine gifts. 

Prettj young woman: "They still do'." 

A nice young couple, just recent-..,, ^oved to our neighboring 
town of Weston, explained that there is a large collection 01' Long- 
fellow setters, manuscripts etc. at Haverford College, near Phila- 

Thursday, April 30, 1942 Pleasant 

The young man in the background o± the next picture is one oi' 
tne Welch boys, son of Mr. onu Mrs. *•• bohier Welch. The v.exehes 
own the old Colonel Nixon house over tne hill in iramingham Center. 
The boys have been coming to the Inn i'or ^ears. The} attenaeu St. 
Marks ochool and we have watched tnem grow from binj uj^s to handsome 
young men. They i'eel very much at home in tne Inn and are apt to "^ra b 
in" most any time with a friend or friends. Often they come on horseback. 
Recently we xearned that the mother of the boys - Mrs. Welch - has made 
a study of the stencilling which was a^xiea oy itinerant painters to 

Ls and lioors oi' houses a hundred or two years ago. b \:u^ 
found in the Nixon house and restorea to original design and colors bj 
i. Welch herself, ohe has made a thorou h search for patterns onu 

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Thursday, April 3Q, 1942 (continued) 

the history oi' the work which was often aone by men who went Iron, 
town to town ana "aresseu up" a room or bwo in homes o± the more 
wealthy. Our own nafayette room was perhaps stencilled by the same 
man who aiu the Nixon house. Mrs. Welch wouxu know ana she has oiTered 
to come ana restore the Lafayette iioor with its original pattern. 
Faint traces of the stencil work can be seen around the eu^es oi the 
ffloor. We thiiuc it would be very interesting to see the whole pattern 
as it was done in General Lafayette's time. 

Friday, May x, i94^ 


iiverj 2 sar we write about Sj rid xiiac Lime, and everj 
jnaer ii the season „^s ever more beautiful. The trees are 
in their soft, x^c,, jarb oi various shades of gi jen. ; imi ire verj 
yellow Ln up] i a uee^ shade - almost blacic. 

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iriday, Maj 1, 1942 (continued) 

duus ^re everywhere and glisten in the warmth oi bhe sun as tJ j 
seem anxious to ourst into oxooi*. And drift ir 

is that sweet ouorj; the lilacs. Thej are still in bua no;. - 
earlier than usual - and . - iortunate in havi 

arounu the inn. Lilacs, of course, are -a, jiu 1 ihioned flows 

belong near old as. on both siues of the front door 

graceful, tall t hite liians on one ^iue and lavendar 

on the other. These are ai^ce spring sentinels. Thej guard the 
entrance and bch them constantly - : first tinj bua to 

their full blossoming. Then, when the time comes, we drink in 
their fragrant perfume. 

Saturday, Maj _, 1942 int 

The Brookline Bira t-iub hich branch of the Audubon 

Bird Club usually comes to bhe Inn estate once a j ■ bo identify 

the birds in this vicinity. L'hej came t iaj abo ^.0 Ln 

ana were seen in several different places Lo >king through - i 3ld 

jes. They stop near a ^ ona ana stealthily walk across the 
meadows. Thej . jport ia forty-eight different kinds of 
birds. "Vie saw aots of very find birds" saiu one oi' the members. 

Waislut IMi lIhki 

Sunday, May ^, 1942 Pleasant 

Two distinguished guests were seen in the crowa of visitors who came 
today. They were Princess ^habacsky and Arthur Kennedy, a welx Known 
motion picture actor. Both impressed us as democratic, frienoiy peopie. 
The Princess was a woman oi' about 4.1) years ana aressed moaestly. The 
young actor was tail, good looking and of a seemin & iy retiring nature. 

Monday, maj 4, ±SU<L Pleasant 

Very entertaining guests lor the past three uays have been kiss Liza 
Dietz and her Governess iuiss Lilian urinkwater. Liza is the daughter of 
Howaru uietz, Publicity director for ffietro-Golden-Mayer r.iotion Pictures, 
she is lour years old and is here to see her half brother, who is in 
school at Southboro. Jn Saturday night the boy tooK part in one 01 the 
school plays. Liza was very excited about attending the performance aria 
wore a beautiful little taffeta frock, which she called her "party aress." 
She showea it to guests in the bar room and volunteered to aispiay little 
red shoes, she has been accustomed to ail sorts of luxury. Miss urinkwater 
has tola of visits to Lngiana ana a stay in the house of the Larl of Sandwich. 
Yet Liza is simple in her wants for entertainment. She digs in the sand and 
sits in the garden and jumps up ana aown when particularly happy. Ue have 
become very fond of the child. The governess is very English ana explained 
to us that Liza is bashful "when she goes to fresh places." 

We find ourselves entraned with her (Miss Drinkwater' s) accent and 
have listened with great admiration to the story of her own life. Briefly, 
she lost her husbana when their child was a year ana a hall oiu. The on±y 
child, a daughter, was given a line education through much hardship anu 
sacrifice on the part of the mo trier. 1'hen the daugnter married, lived in 
Coventry at the time, in a house her mother had bought - a house which Miss 
Drinkvvater felt she couxd call "home". I'he Coventry Blitz (in this present 
ivar) wiped out the whole street - house completely destroyed; daughter and 
son-in-law gone; a mass funeral Tor 4.UO. Miss irinKwater doesn't want to go 
back; she doesn't want to hear the whole truth, ohe is bein^ as brave as 
brave can be. her courage to go on and her smile has made us leex verj humbxe. 
We have thanked God lor our many blessings here at this beautiful old Inn. 
And speaking of prayers we met .biza one night in the hallway, wearing pink 
pajamas. "Have you said your prayers to Miss urinicwater? " we asked. "No," 
she replied, "I've said my prayers to Goo!" 

Uur respected irierid and rirst teacher at the Mary i_<amb school, miss 
Martha hopkins, arrived here at ll o'clock this morning ana spent the aay in 
renewing old friendships. She was her old sweet self- gracious anu cordiaj. - 
with the same little twinkle in her eye which vie Know indicates a keen sense 
01 humor, rjccept lor a xittle slower pace wdss hopKins appeared the same as 
when she came to the inn in 1927. since then she has been to Europe for a 
sight-seeing tour and is wont to spena winters with a very dear irienu in 

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Wayside Inn Diary (continued) 

Bangor, Maine. During the summer she is iree to visit relatives or sometimes 
boards near the mountains or seashore, bhe appeared quite well ana was in- 
terestea in knowing every detail oi' the people with whom she woneeu when on 
the Inn stall'. Pupils 01 the -uittle A ^eo. school xiouse who sat in tne tiny 
desks in front ol Miss Hopkins, will never lorget her. Her thorough goooness 
made an inaelibie mark upon the .Lives oi those privileged children. 

Tuesday,, may 5, 194,. x^xeasant 

rriends and relatives ol two ol the grauuates of Hoiy Cross ^oxxege 
gathered here today to honor their young men who have just completed the 
college course. There were 25 people in one party and L4 in the other group. 

Wednesday, May 6, i942 Pheasant 

Home town lolks were guests today when 63 women irom the town ol budbury 
belonging to the Woman's oiub came to the Inn lor their annual luncheon, iiuncheon 
was lollowed by a business meeting ana the singing ol patriotic songs. Practically 
all in this group knew the Inn well and leit very much at home. 

Thursday, May 7, 1942 Rain 

lor two nights we have haa the pleasure of having Mr. James bheidon 
and his sister, Adelaide, as guests. They are charming elderly people who 
live at 640 Park avenue, New York, and spenu their summers in Maine* They have 
travelled all over the World ana Mr. ^neidon is an exceptionally line story 
teller. Consequently we have had two most enjoyable evenings hearing humorous 
incidents about the negroes, the -trench peopxe and Britishers. Both Mr. asi 
Miss oheidon are art patrons and have contributed generously towards the National 
Uatiiedral in Washington ana Cathedral of ot. John the uivine in New fork, ihey 
have paid lor several stained glass windows in these churches. Today beir: b 
a rainy day, our guests were confined most of the time to the indoors. Mr. 
Sheldon, however, put on a rain coat and rubbers and in the down-pour picked a 
small rtayside Inn lilac blossom to enclose in a letter which he was writing 
to an English refugee child far from her home, ^he is in Canada lor the 

Friday, May 8, 1942 Partly cloudy 

The Inn was a busy place today with several small groups coming for 
luncheon or dinner. By small groups we mean eight or ten or twelve. At this 
time of year these groups are apt to appear without previous reservations and 
are generally made up of college graduates with their families or little club 
groups ending their social year. On Friday our guests leel especially 
privileged in being able to see the dancing classes. This evening practically 
every dinner party adjourned to the Bali room. 

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baturday, May 9, 1942 Pleasant 

This was one of our large baturdays with three big groups scheduled. 
Mrst were thirty-seven boys from bt. Patricks bchool in Lowell who had 
luncheon on the porch at noon time. They also were conducted through the Inn 
ana for a hroup of lively young boys, behaved remarkably well. They were 
genuinely interested in the story of the house and asked many intelligent 
questions. Late afternoon and e were busy welcoming eighteen women from 
Wellesley college v-ho came to do Lnglish tfeSwsftclancing. They are faculty 
members who practise dancing through the winter months then have their final 
meeting at the Inn. lea was served at five o'clock after which a fine exhibition 
of the old Lngiish dances took place in the large Ball room. Later in the 
evening, after having dinner, another group of dancers from Lincoln and Meston 
used the Ball room. These were 30 young couples who have met regularly 
through the Winter to do old fashioned American dancing. Mr. Haynes was here 
to direct them and Mrs. Hoppin, the former Miss deMille and a friend, furnished 
music. We looked in on ihem at one time and seldom have seen more enthusiastic 
gaiety. The women were dressed in cotton peasant dresses with gay colored 
pinafores and bri ht skirts. They danced with great ease and livliness and 
were thoroughly familiar with all the steps. 

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ounaay, May 10, ±9u'2 Very Pleasant 

A very line opring morning ushereu in Mother's Day with biros 
singing, the grass green ano o.iiacs in bloom, uuring the aay, while 
many mothers were eatin - tneir ainner in our dining room us quests 
of loving sons ana aaugnters, we thought about mothers of a hundred 
years ago. Here in our old kitchen are many silent reminders oi those 
mothers oi long ago; women who spent practically all oi their time in 
the kitchen. Very lew ever ate a meal away from home, what a rare 
treat when the carry all was loaaed with the whole family and a visit 
made to cousin John's! ^ven then pies were baked and cookies made ana 
carried along tool iu.most never aiu a Colonial motner get away from 
her own cooKin^; from the heavy daily chores of her own home, in those 
days heipi'ui -Little hanas expressea love ana aevotion. vthen the question 
was askea, "nhat can we uo lor Mother? H , tne answer wouxu De: "onurn 
the butter or spin the iiaxl" nove lor tne mother was shown by countless 
aaily tasks, mveryone sharea in making tne buraen easier ana in this 
way the bond of I'amily life was strengthened. us not honor our 
mothers auring just one aay, but as in oiaen times, periorm the numerous 
thought! ui duties every day which we know will please her. "mother's 
uay" is not a glamorous sentimental aay. It is oru.y a reminaer. 

Monday, May 11, ±942 rxeasant 

a aistinguishea looking gentleman approached the inn this axternoon 
ana announcea hiraseli as uir. oharles nammona Gibson, ne is a writer oi 
poetry ana a man oi v;ealth. In Mr. Lemon's time, Mr. uibson stayea nere 
lor aays. he spoke o± our garaen wail and how the brieves ior it, were taken, 
from the oiu Beebe house at 30 beacon street, Boston. It was a house 
buij.t on the site of tne famous oia Hancocn house, When tne state 
wanted the property, Mr. x'ierson -Qeebe let Mr. Lemon nave aome ox tne 
o±u bricks, mt. uioson is quite a cnaract^r aiiu. saiu ne thoagut it 
wouxu De appropriate if some flowers were bent to his lunerai irom the 
Wayside inn garaen. he wants to coue xor a .Longer stay anu asiceu the 
price of rooms. 

iuebday, i.iay ±<c, iV4^ Pleasant 

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Tuesday, May 12, ± l -J^c 

The picture shows recent visitors from nearby Tramingham. 
They were treated to luncheon here by a kind laay friena 

ana afterwards made a calx on the baby lambs in the barn. 

Weunesaay, may 13, ±>)U<± 


i>'or several years past, the Grafton "omen's duo have helu their 
annual luncheon here. Today they came, 4I in number, and ate luncheon 
on tne porch - alter which they adjourned to the Bali room ior a meeting. 

biru lovers arouna the Inn have aeciuea that this is an oriole season, 
several families of Baltimore orioles have been seen. »«e hear their fine 
song every morning ear±y anu axi through the day . There is one nest in a 
tree close to the Inn - ana another in the branch of* a tree which shadows 
Dutton Roau. 

Thursday, may 14, J-942 


This bein^ the xast day Dei'ore uas rationing begins it was as ii 
everyone in Massachusetts wan tea to see tne Waysiue Inn or to have a 
meal here before a long summer oil staying at home begins. i»t .Least 

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Thursday, Maj 14, 1942 (continueu; 

this is what is anticipated ana a last "fling" ol motoring is taking pxace. 
Thirty-iive women, wives of Army ofiicers stationea at Oamp Devens, motored 
here at noon time anu enjoyea luncheon. ^ a trip through the house. 
Most oi the women were iar from home; many have travexlea all over tne >ioriu. 
Therefore, the Inn itself was 01 particular interest. "May we come again 
ana bring our husbands." 1 they as*.ed. 

In the evening a group of thirty-live people from the town oT westooro 
who are members of the Thursday Uxub, hexu their linai uinner of tne season 
here. They are elderly people who gather together lor evenings of a sociax 
and literary nature. Mrs. Dr. Ayers, a member of the laub and a irequent Inn 
visitor, tonight presentea us with a copy of the aaruen anu home Duiiaer lor 
July 1926. This is almos # t a priceless b ift because the magazine is out 
oi' print and it contains much valuable material concerning the Inn. In 
Tact this whole issue 01 the magazine is devoted to the inn, the uaraen, the 
Furniture, the architecture oi" the house etc. 

In a small, private party this evening we discovered Mrs. T. a. Raman, 
wife of a well known lawyer ol Inaia. bhe wore a sari anu although a Jrrench- 
Swiss by birth, she has adopted most of the customs of her husband's country. 
Sometime soon she and her husband will go to Dearborn to present Mr. ford 
with a spinning wheel used by Mahatma Ghandi. Mrs. daman was the guest of 
Mr. and Mrs. Basil Matthew, Mr. u/iatthew being one 01' the best known 
authorities on India. His book "India ne veals Herself" was awarded a 
Carnegie medal as being the most balanced interpretation oi' Inuia. Mr. 
Matthew is at present lecturing at Boston University on "V»drld ixelations" . 
He is an Jiingiishman, teacher at Oxford University ana previous to coming 
to this country was connected with tne Ministry oi' Information in nondon. 
"I guess I'm here Tor tn>j Duration", he said and explained the difficulties 
oi' getting bacK to England until the mar is over. 

Friday, May 15, ±9<+*i Pleasant 

Touaj we have experienced something unparalleled in the history ol' the 
vVayside Inn - a dropping oil 01' guests due to b asoiine rationing,. Jwners 
of automobiles in massa.chut>etts are not allowed more than three gallons of 
gasoline a week lor pleasure driving. This has put thousands of motorists 
off the roaa. There were a lew people who came. Those who nave a ration- 
ing cards are given an unximitea supply for use in essentia^ business or for 
emergency purposes. Doctors, nurses, ministers come unaer the latter 
classification. This allotment will continue until tno first 01 July when 
it is expecteu -chat a better adjustment can be inuue. dus service continues 
ana it is expectea that many 01 our quests will arrive by tnis means. Trains 
are running too ana a town taxi service has been started. 



Saturday, May 16, 1942 Uioudy 

Our chief topic 01 conversation touay was tne gas rationing, mr. ana 
Mrs. Aenny arrived with these words: "We wan tea to show our ioyaj.ty to the 
Inn so came here i"or our last meal out! 11 Jiivery "time the Bus stops we peer 
out to see how many are getting oi'i'i Someone suggested that we are re- 
viving an ola custom - that of "oJae lanaiora looKing aown the roaa in anti- 
cipation of guests arrivin 6 on tne stage coaen. We wondereu if the iiov/rcers 
from Worcester woulu come as usual, jdutc enough - tne,/ arrivea on scheame 
with their accustomeu gift of a aozen roses, "as long as we can save out 
two gallons of gas a weelc, we'll be here", said mrs. riowlcer. 

ll»AlbiLf£i IlMlM i>±Aitl 

Sunday, May ±7, i942 Fi,easant 

a month or two ago on a bunday, we escorted a small group of Inuiana 
people through the inn. Iftfe learned that cue men j.o!ks were taicin 6 a 
special training course at the pxant oi' the General nJ.ectric company in 
iynn, Mass. Since then we have had a & roup oi aoout six or eight from 
the same place every bunday; all claiming inuiana as their home. Today 
the "people from Indiana" as we call them, arrivea early in the afternoon, 
visiteu the mill, chapel anu school house, then came in to the Inn for 
dinner. Ihey had maue the trip irom jjynn ay bus which meant several 
changes anu took several hours enroute. iney evidently leit, however, 
that the pleasure of seeiiie, the Inn overshauoweu any inconvenience involved. 

Monday, May 18., 19-42 Oiouuy 

Again tonignt Mr. anu Mrs. a. d. imcKinnon stopped here lor overnight, 
on their way to Maine, ror the past lev; months they have maue tiie Inn 
their half-way stop between a new Maine farm anu their home in hartsdale, 
N. i. Mr. mcKinnon is giving up his position with the New lorK limes anu 
is planning to retire to the farm. next time will be their last move. 
"We'll be here bag anu baggage", saiu mr. McKinnon. The McKinnon's father, 
son anu grandson are oiu Waysiue Inn friends. I'hey have been coming here 
for years. 

Tuesday, May ±9, 1942 Uioudy 

Miss Fielding reports a recent guest who came here during college days 
at Harvard, he was a Mr. Bodman anu tolu of walking irom uambriuge to meet 
other college friends for a cozy supper at the Inn. when he arrived, he 
found his friends already here. Among them was the present Attorney General 
of the United btates - Francis Biddle. 

A teacher group from mariboro, numbering 22, were served dinner this 
evening. All were graduates of the Framingham Normal bchool. 

Wednesday, May 20, x9^2 fog 

beveral around the Inn are watching the birds and have their own 
special pets, .tor instance one of the girls in the pantry is much inter- 
ested in a flicker, on a recent afternoon she saw him working feverishly 
he was tapping a tiny hole in a tree - trying to make it larger, bmalj. 
chips anu sawdust flew out as he worked his way in. finally the hole was 

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w Alalia INN dIkki 

Wednesday, May kiO, 1942 (continued) 

large enough - the flicker disappeared. Then a thorough house cleaning 
began. More chips and dirt came flying out. The flicker is now comfortabxy 
settled in his new home, a hostess has her pet urackle family. bhe sees 
them every aay on the lawn; mother am three babies. The mother xeaos the 
procession, aigs i'or a worm and then tosses it back to the baby on her 
right. Another worm ana she tosses it to the child on her left. The third 
little bird generally gets left out - so he ueciaea to aig a worm for him- 
self, mother was patient, bhe let him dig, but hoverea arouna to niaite 
sure no harm came to him. Guests have reported a number of biacx Herons 
near the Hagar Pond and severaj. Hood Ducks have oeen seen. iTequentxy we 
hear the caxx of a pheasant. 

Thursday, May 21, 1942 Fog 

We said good-bye to Mr. and mrs. worse touay ana are sorry to have 
them go. They have been here since March <:bth whixe fixing over an oxu 
house in sudbury. .early every morning they would start oil for their house 
to supervise carpenters, electricians and men working to make the pxace 
livibie. Then the worses would not return ' tixx late afternoon. In the 
evenings we had many frienuxy chats. Often they spoke to other guests and 
made themselves very mucn at home. V>e will miss the Morses and count them 
among our best Waysiue Inn neighbors. Lately there have been severax new 
neighDors, who are fast Decoming friends, Dr. aria Mrs. Gross, for instance, 
who bought the Pearmain place and a Mr. and Mrs. breea who are young 
people and live in a little house over the hill towards * r aminghaia . 

Priday, May 22, 1942 Fog 

We were very much pleased tod^y to see our old friend George of the 
Grey Line. He is George Pearson who writes poetry ana was formerly a 
teacher of Dramatics. Re don't dare say just how many years George has 
been lecturing for the Grey Line Tours or how many years he has been comin t 
to the Inn - but he is a very, very old Inn fir end. He icnows as much as 
anybody about Boston history and tells it in an entertaining way. ue know 
too, that George has a large ana kind heart. He has tola us - or we nave 
heard in' a rouna about way - of many little kinunesses he has performed 
to passengers and friends. The Grey Line, however, doesn't expect to run 
a trip to the Inn after June 1st. It is naru to picture our bummer with- 
out George ana the Grey Line, but they are amon & tne severax pxeasant 
associations we must give up for the Duration. 

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WAYalDH, INN ulAdl 

Saturday, May 23, 19-42 Cloudy 

Today, two of our guests arrived on bicycles. L/avia hated to 
forego "haiubui'oers" at home, but sister Helen prevailed u^on him to 
visit the Inn. He was not disappointed, however, because he saw here 
so many of the things he had "studied in the 2nd grade" - he is now 
in the 6th. Both children thought the "roasting jacJfc" in the old 
icitchen a "very ingenious device". They wandered over the Inn for 
several hours ana ate their sandwiches in the garaen, "but cleaned 
up all the mess", they hastened to assure us. 


Sunday, May 24, 194^ Pleasant 

Lien in uniform are no longer a rarity. We see them almost every ua,»; 
army officers in o-j-ive arab and boys in navy uiue. n \,ohi&s< dressed in 
uniform is still an unusual sight, however, vie see them arounu the city - 
but sequoia in the country . We were rather surprised therefore, when one 
of our overnight guests appeared this morning in a trim neat 'uniform with 
heavy leather belt and other fittings of the defense service. She was Mrs. 
L. E. Perry who came with Miss Elizabeth Cochran. 

Tonight we welcomed our friend Mr. Lawrence Dame, writer ana explorer. 
He pedaled from Boston on "Hozy" - a bicycle as much travelled as her owner. 
"Rozy" was ^arited under a tree while Mr. Dame brought in his overnight xit 
ana tiptoeu to Edrehi room for a night's lodging. The evening was spent in 
hearing Mr. Dame ten oi his latest experiences as an agent in nisbon, Portu- 
gal. Here he helped all sorts of refugees, men - women una children ana of 
all nationalities ; many Germans. Next he expects to be commissioned as an 
officer in the aviation corps ana will ao observation work in China. We 
were pleased to have a glimpse of Mr. Dame in-between such thrilling uaven- 

Monday, May 25, 1942 Partly cloudy 

"It never rains but it pours" - so toaay we seemed uelugeu with notable 
and interesting people. First to appear was Mr. Samuel Chamberlain - the 

who published the popular book which we have on sale calieu "The yside 
Inn - a Camera Impression". Mr. Chamberlain had his camera under his a. 
and wanted to tuxe a picture of the Chapel. "I wo**t to put it into my next 
year's calendar", he informed us. The calendar is one ieriain 

duces every year arounu Christmas time. It is filled with io\ 

of olu New England lain eriain stayeo for luncheon ana .. 

soon afterwards on his wa} be Bennington, V< . His home i larble- 

head, Mass., ana he teaches ao the Mass* institute oi )gy« 

next came a line lookihj ho . anted to buj 
here for dinner the other evening" - he s-^ia - "and I ting again 

sometime to make a painting of the Inn". This exciteu our intere - e 

learned that our guest is Mr. l n ewberrj pad sf historic Lean 
houses and a mural painter, ror a io: be it moae . ling 

ana painters ana toiu us that in his n h ... built an "old" kitchen 
very much like the one here. 

About two o'clock in the afternoon the Boston bound bus ., jne 

- a lone soldier - _ .a off. He 
his name in g jst book then pointed to his address: "Se \.. 
fro . " e looked ana saw "Dearborn, Michigan" - 

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... , toa> o, XV . 

Holmes worked ior three summers as a guide in Greenfield Village, wis 
father is a doctor. The boy is now attached to the U. b. Medical Coj 
and stationed at Camp Knox. An insai Lent ho needed an attendant to 
brin^, him to the Worcester State Hospital was the reason for Holmes be.' 
in this vicinity. "I was sitting in the Worcester station when I suade 3 
realized b must be near the Wayside Inn. I made inquiries ana jumj 
on the first bus." he said. 

Tonight we entertainea 83 members of the Newman Club from Marlboro as 
dinner guests. 

lay, l} 26, 1942 Pleasant 

This noon time a jolly group of x^ women arrived on the regular Boston- 
i.orcester bus. They had previously made a reservation for xuncheon ana 
were soon seated at one long table in the dining room, r'lace cards were 
made by hand. Jne clever lady Mrs. Gorham <*. Harris, had painted a rollicking 
baby lamb on each card - su gestive of our Marj Lamb School house. And 
the name on each was Mary - Mary Jones' or Mary Brown etc. Alter luncheon 
the women lingered at the table and played games which required jjencils 
ana paper - lurther suggesting Marj and the school house. 

Wednesday, May *_7, 1942 rleasant 

Two lovely young girxs came on the Grey Line Bus toua^ and became 
tremendously enthused about the Inn. Io seems that a brother 01 one 01 the 
girls is in the army ana stationed in Hoston. The girli Chicago; 
cxencal worK. Ihey are spending their vacations near the brother ana are 
trying to see all that Boston has to oiler in the way of sightseeing, ihey 
became enthused about the Inn. »ve became enthused about them. i'anj were 
cxean-cut, wholesome girls ana genuinely interested in learning somethi 
about this part ol the country, one of them, miss Eana Hoffman, xi^ces to 

oe poetry. 6 he wrote verses when in ni 6 h School ana in Sjjare time - 
xiices to compose, one in teres tea jeinglish teacner recommenaeu uuna lor 
membership in the r'oetry Uiud 01 uhica^o. She made the ^raue - which re- 
minds us that we will miss many such interesting pdopie when the or 3 
nine sightseeing buses cease to operate the first of Jun^.- 

Thursday, May 28, 1942 int 

i'or dinner this evening came a xittxe woman with light bobbeu hair. 
he noticed her tiny hands. They expressea an artistic nature and talent. 
It wasn't long before Mrs. Bene . aade herseli know the pianist in 
"Piano miniatures" - a raaio program sponsorea last Summer Qy our Boston 
station Wmml. more recently the same program has been given from Connecticut. 
Mrs. Hemenway pxayed a Mozart selection on out" own little spinet in the 
Bar lor. ner husband is famous axso - or wilx De - when a History 
iiiigland - upon which he is working - is published. The Hei re on 
their way to a bummer home in Biddeford r"ooi, Maine. 

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Friday, j 29, 1942 Pleasant 

Mrs. £. Sohier JTelch who is restoring the stencilling work on 
the i'ioor 01 the Lafayette room, comes faithfully every morning co 
paint. 5he ias given us a lot of information about the early painters 
who went i'roi.i town to town with their patterns aim asked housewives to 
choose which pattern the} would xike i'or a wall or floor. The name of 
the man who stenciiiea the Lafayette iaoor is not known, he travel-Leu 
extensiveay, however, for his patterns are found in oxu houses in other 

cs 01 Massachusetts and ao Tar north as Aennebunjcport, Maine. Mrs. 
Welch has a iioor in her own house painted by the same man who uia our 
i'ioor. He wor/cea between the years 1790 anu 1820. 

Saturday, May 30, 1 94^ Pleasant 


Long shadows crept across the lawn as this lovely May holiday lo 
a close. And as we watched the sun 6 o down, we thought of the BertJ 
Littles. They startea sometime this morning from their home in brooKxii.u, 
walked to the Bus - changed buses at Park Square - jo b gea twenty miles 
in a stuffy, hard-riding motor coach una finally arrived here in the 
early afternoon. Then we remembered the two youn^ men who reached here 
at 5 o'cIock after a bicycle trip of fifteen miles. They changed exothes, 
ate dinner, changed to bicycxe togs again ana startea off lor the last 
ten miles ol! their journey. All of our oxu friends came todays the 
Bowkers, Uroc/tetts, Colbys anu Mr. anu Mrs. Purdy. The} stayed a long 
time ana everyone said that a speciaa amount of gasoline had been savea 
for a holiday visit at the Wayside Inn. The Littles were last seen 

.ting near the roau for the return bus. They waveu a goodbye. Someone 
ease cXus^eu our hanu in an honest-to-goodness hanashaKe anu a word ui 
genuine appreciation resoundeu in our ears, it was long after uark when 
the last member of the family said "goodnight". All had left the im- 
pression that thej were going from one home to another. 

Hi»i£jiu£, urn l»Iaki 

Sunday, May 31, 1942 Very Pleasant 

Yesterday ana toaay have been filled with holiday business. iesterda> 
a 50th wedding anniversary was celebrated. Mr* and Mrs. ueorge £. cartel 
of Marlboro - married way 30, 1892 - were given a party by members of their 
family ana friends numbering 40 in all. Mrs. Martel was the first pupil to 
register at St. Annes Acaaemy in Marlboro 54 years ago and Mr. Martel has 
been associated with civic affairs in Marlboro all his life. The couple 
have five children, i if teen granachildren ana one great grandchild, all of 
whom were present today. 

Overnight guests were Mr. and Mrs. Henry ueiafield Phelps, he the 
former husband of Muriel Vanderbilt. The papers state that Mr. Phelps was 
married yesterday to Miss Harriet Dean Jackson - widely known as a skier. 
She was chosen for the American Uiympic team for the Norway games and in 
1937 she was a member of an American skiing team that toured Europe. 
Hostesses report that the bride was a beautiful, tall girl dressed in 
exquisite taste. 

Today we were glad to see Mr. and Mrs. Charles Whiteside, one of our 
own Chapel wedaing couples who were married Uctober 13, 1941* Mrs. white- 
side tola of interesting work which she is doing, she is Chief Librarian 
for the 1st Corps Area of the ivrniy ana supervises the libraries or all 
camps in this area. 

Monday, June 1, 1942 Very pleasant 

We were surprised to see a Grey Line group approaching the Inn today 
after being told that Grey Line sight seeing buses would not run after 
June 1. Mr - Blakely, conductor, explainea that the passengers came in a 
limousine. Grey Line tours will operate in the city of Boston, but in- 
stead of tourists riding in huge motor buses - oid time carriages and 
stage coaches will, be used. There were 64 people bookeu for the first uays 
ride in horse drawn vehicles. 

We wrote last week about two young ladies, the Misses Hoffman and 
Penning from Chicago, who are in Boston to be near Miss Hoffman's soldier 
brother. It, will be remembered that the giris came last week on the Grey 
Line Bus tour. Today they returned - still very much enthused about the 
Inn. They brought bag and baggage and plan to stay two or three days, 
while here they want to absorb some of the typical New Lngiand atmosphere 
so generously provided by the Inn ana its environs, borne day we may hear 
from Miss Hoffman as a poetess, she is a modest, sweet young lady lull 
of life and ambition to write some really line poetry. 

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Tuesday, June 2, 1942 vaouay 

There is another family of Bowkers from Worcester oi' whom we are 
fond. They too grow roses and are interested in all sorts of worthwhile 
things - such as wood working and metal craftsmanship. At graduation time 
they are wont to fill their car with huge pink and white peonies and 
purple iris and bring them to the Inn. Whenever there is a special occasion 
to be celebrated in the family, a party is arranged here. And not infre- 
quently do Mr. and Mrs. Harold S. Bowker come by themselves without anyone 
of their four boys. So today we were not surprised to see Mr. and Mrs. 
Bowker here for luncheon. They were celebrating their 29th Wedding anniversary. 

Wednesday, June 3, 1942 Rain 

It makes us very happy to receive letters of thanks and appreciation; 
more especially when they come from children. Recently a lovely letter has 
come from six little boys and girls oi' the Newhall School in Waltham. Fn- 
closed was a picture of the group taken on the front step of the Inn. The 
letter begins this way: 

"We are sorry that we didn't send the picture sooner, but 

our teacher's brother-in-law went on a vacation we want to 

thank you for the lovely time we had. Our teacher planned to 
take a few more children to Wayside Inn but she can't get enough 
gas to get there.... The people at Wayside Inn made us so welcome 
that we wish we could have stayed a while longer." 

Thursday, June 4> i942 Cloudy 

The Arlington, Massachusetts, Ministers' Association, numbering seven 
ministers and their wives held a luncheon here today. Among those present 
was Rev. John N. Mark, a Scotsman who xuade a lot of humorous remarks as 
the party were conducted through the Inn. When the Bible was mentioned and the 
hostess called attention to the fact that in the old days marriages, 
births and deaths were recorded in the family bible, Mr. Mark asjced: "Do 
you know what marriages, births and deaths are called in the olu country? " 
The answer: "Hatches, Matches and Dispatches." 

Friday, June 5, 1942 Cloudy 

Mr. John &. Whittemore, a Wayside Inn friend of long standing has 
sent a pamphlet on "Patriotism" published by his company. . Eastern Commercial 
Travellers. It contains Historic Messages and Heroic Memories. Some of the 
most famous of patriotic sayings in American History are incorporated. . .making 
it a fine reference book to have on our table at this time. For instance, 
the drawing up and adoption of the Declaration of Independence is explained; 
the Munroe Doctrine is quoted in full, tlje American's Creed is given ana the 
U. S. Army rules for displaying the flag are listed. Questions which can 
be answered by this little book are constantly being asxed by our guests as 
they discuss various phases of the War in the Bar-room of this two and one- 
half century old Inn. 

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Saturday, June 6, 194^ Cloudy 

We are becoming greatly enthusea over the stencilling work which 
Mrs. Welch is restoring on the floor oi' the Lafayette room. We have ex- 
pressed a desire to learn more about it; how it was done and bj whom. 
bo Mrs. Welch kindly offered to loan us a book on the subject. We have 
it at hand and would like to quote from Page 30. The book is called 
Early American Stencils on Walls and Furniture and is beautifully illus- 
trated. The author- Janet faring. 

"At Ashfield, Mass., are walls where there can be no doubt 
as to the identity of the artist... In this old house five rooms painted 
by Lydia ^Idridge Williams tell of her liking for decoration and of her 
perserverance in a monumental task.... We asK. - what was the connection 
between the stencilled tulip she used and 3fri identical pattern still 
dimly seen on the floor of a small bedroom adjoining the Lafayette room 
at the Wayside Inn, Sudbury? Over the stencilled pattern in the Tavern 
I placed a tracing taxen directly from the walls done by Lydia Williams 
and in scale and design they were practically alike. Lid she on some 
momentous visit to sudbury, copy it (the distance was a drive of eighty 
miles), did she merely spend a night at the Inn on her way to Boston - 
or was the drawing brought to her by some "travelled iriend", who knew her 
fondness for ornament? Perhaps the pattern came to Ashfield by the 
medium of an itinerant peddler; ii this were the case, the floor at 
Sudbury and the walls at Ashfield could easily be contemporary." 


Sunday, June 7, 19-42 Rain 

About 11 o'cIock this morning there appeared a little company of 
negro boys; all blind. They were from the New Yor* Institute i'or 
hducation oi' the iiind. Yesterday thej competed with students at the 
^ericins Institute i'or the Blind in a track meet. The New York bo,/s won 
- anu touay were on their way nome accompanied by a teacher, he told us 
that the boys carry on severax sports anu nave won the Westchester County 
championship in wrestling. The boys were very much interested in the Inn. 
They touched practically every utensil in the oia kitchen - ana ran their 
hands over chairs ana tables to get the "feel" of the wooa and the si^e 
ana shape ol the article. In the Parlor they listened attentively to a 
description oi the clock, coat-of-arms and other things mentioned by 
Longfellow. When the spinet was aescribed the boys askea one of their 
number to play, he was blind too, but he played with o^se and expression. 
Later on the same ooj played again on the piano in the ball-room. The 
school is non sectarian anu is supported by private donations with some 
help from the state of New York. All kinds oi' school activities are 
provided for children of pre-kinaergarten age through High School. 

A Chaplain from Fort Devens brought 46 soldiers here this evening to 
see the house and grounds. They were on their way bacK to camp after a 
daj spent in Plymouth, mass. 

Monday, June 3, 1942 Verj pleasant 

In spite of the gasoline shortage we are having guests from an 
parts of the country - many of whom are soluiers ana sailors. The 
register book shows that recent guests have come from the following states: 

Wyoming Michig Arkansas 

Texas Illinois Wisconsin 

New York Tennessee uregon 

California Virginia Florida 

Tuesday, June V, 1942 Pleasant 

mast week we wrote abjut the misses Hoffman ana Penning who were 
here for a few days from onicago. We saia that Miss Hoffman was a 
promising young poetess and that we expected to hear great things about 
her at some i'uture time. The luture time came sooner than we anticipatea 
i'or we heard from her touav . And the great things are her poems - a lew 
of which she enclosed. For one so young (about *cj. or 22 years) anu for 
one who has euucated herself (High School and business School) we think the 
poems are remarkable, ohe is modest and wrote in her letter: "I told you 
I was not really a poet - rather a versifier aspiring to poetry (when I "grow 
up" - when mj feelings aeepen and my vocabulary matures) so do not expect 
too much", anyway here are some samples oi Edna Hoffmanns work: 

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Tuesday, June 9, 194^ (continueu) 


I hope you i'eed the birds in spring • 

Biras wouxa love you so 

I hope you keep a garden too 

Where paxe oiue j.ilacs grow. 

I hope you laugh at squirrels sometimes 
Ana sco-lu the wayward winu. 
somehow I think your gentleness 
With Mature is a-kinned. 


I store what pretty sights I see 
bale inside the heart of me 
ror homely times when i am Sau; 
Then insiae me makes outsiae gxaa. 

Wednesday, Julie ID, i94<i Pleasant 

Twenty stuuents from the 6th graue of the bud bury Center school chose 
to come to the Inn Tor their annual outing. They arriveu this afternoon 
with picnic .Lunches strapped to their bic\eies. most of them ^euaxied over 
the road ana were reeling pretty warm after the riae. bupper was enjoyea 
in the shade ol' a tree near the Keastone bchool house, ror several hours 
they were seen in ana arouna the Inn ana started off towarus home in the 
early evening. 

Thursday, June 11, i9^W Pleasant 

bchool chiiaren from Medfield, mass - graue 5 - came early this 
morning to see the house. They were conducted through by Miss risher. 

This evening we enjoyed the seconu annual party xor chiiaren oi the 
bedstone and bouthwest schools. This party is really the final session oi 
the weekly dancing classes. The chiiaren arrive in their best cxothes and 
execute the dances to perfection while proud parents .look on. Ice cream 
ana cake are servea ana the event is one oi great excitement for the chiiaren. 
xittle girxs with cutis ana pink hair ribbons bow to their partners in aark 
blue coats, short white trousers ana socks. A ULree ^iece orchestra 
furnishea music. 

ihe benior class of the hoys bchool, 7 boys, together with kr. ana 
Mrs. bennott, Mr. ana Mrs. ioung, Mrs. mawaras ana the scnooj. instructors - 
an came to the Inn this evening for a final get-together dinner . They 
were served at one tauxe on the Porch. 

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ihursaay, June 11, 1942 (continueuj 

An it. «. 1. flyer was among dinner guests this evening, ne -Learned 
that his home is in Coventry, ^ng-Lana ana his name - oel'i'ren burche-Li- 
crookes. ne is training at an air arome in oanaaa. A proud ^unt who lives 
in boston, introduced him as her "sister's boy." Ana sne has a rignt to be 
proua; tne boy was line xoo&ing, bxond, quiet, polite and modest. 

rriaay, June 12, ±9A^- Very warm 

Following their marriage xive years ago, a Mr. and Mrs. P. K. iracy 
came to the Inn. Every anniversary since has Deen spent here - and today 
marks tne date of this event, Mr. ana mrs. Tracy, looking as iresh and 
young as on their wedding uay, arrived early this evening. Their home is 
in i'oxboro, mass. They are tali anu good looking ana we consiuer them 
important members of the large Wayside Inn family. 

Three students, brothers, from Atlantic union College, Lancaster, mass, 
came to see the Inn this afternoon. Their home is in Bermuaa. 

Saturday, June ij> 1942 very warm 

The Carrolls are a lovely family iron. Nyack, wew York ana have been 
here several times during the past i'our years. There are lour aaughters; 
two older girls and two little girls. The little girls are fond of kittens 
and almost every time they come here, a kitten is carrieu home. We have 
Kittens, at the Mill ana around the farm anu there is usually one to spare, 
last time the kitten was named Charlie. Today little Miss c^rroii adopted 
another and deciaed to call him Henry Longfellow, one of the oluer Carroll 
girls is in this year's graduating class at Vteliesiey College. This event 
occasioned their visit anu we are all sharing in the excitement ana pleasure 
oi' a sweet girl graauate. 

YiAYoIiJii, INN UlABl 

bunday, June L4, 1942 Pleasant 

Jur first war wedding tooK ^xace in the Martha-Marj Chapel this 
morning at nine- thirty o'clock, a topical War romance began when 
rreaerick Collins, Private 1st ciass, arriveu at Tort Sevens, Mass. 
from Ashtabuxa, Ohio. He met tvuth JSileen fticFarland in ritchburg, a 
nearby city, The couple saw the Inn anu the Chapex several weeks ago. 
They decided to be marries here. The aev. j-esiie a. Barrett of the 
Congregational Church, oudbury, was engaged to officiate. The day 
was very pleasant and the little company, six in all, arrived early. 
Hardly ever have we seen a sweeter bride, bhe was pretty as a picture, 
dressed modestly in a white aress and white hat with short white veil. 
The young man is in the medical corps. Alter the ceremony a yjeuain 
dinner was served on the r'orch. ne arranged a special bouquet for the 
table and decorated with fiowers, the wedding cake, There in the noon- 
day sun sat six happy people; perhaps happiest and yet saddest of all 
was the grown-up boy in khaki. 

At noon time our goou friends the Crocketts celebrated their 
18 th wedding anniversary. The party had been arranged in advance and 
a cake was made with the dates 19^4 - 194^ in pink thereon. Une of 
the waitresses provided place cards, the hostesses supplied candy, 
Miss .Fisher contributed a card upon which she painted the Chapel in 
pure white on a green background. It was a beautiful card, a simple 
party and the Crocketts enjoyed it ever so much, They are happ^ with 
any little extra attention we can show them. 

A fresh-out-of-college girl brought her parents over from weliesxey 
this evening to see the Inn. The father was particularly impressed 
with the house and all it stands for. "iou know, I've never seen this 
kind of thing before. I'm from Dallas, Texas, and this is my first 
visit to New England," he said, me thought of him back there, working 
making sacrifices during a long four years in oruer that daughter mi^ht 
attend a New iiJigland school. This was the event of a lifetime ; 
graduation day. \ie talked about Longfellow and the ^evolutionary nar; 
izekiel Howe ana the earl} pioneer spirit - unfamiliar music to the 
ears of this very interested, guest from the ^one btar otate. 

Monday,, June 15, 194^ Cloudy 

sixteen ministers and their wives enjoyed luncheon toaay ana after- 
wards held a meeting in the Ballroom. They were Baptist ministers who 
have organized themselves into a C. C. Club, he haven't found out, in 
all the years they have been coming here, just what the C. C. stands for, 

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WAldlDa INN uLau.1 

Monday, June 15, 194-2 (continued) 

Hostesses ana waitresses are usii it) a rextone J-»otion sent to them 
toy a recent guest, Mr. Weldon larrabee. Mr. Larrabee is from Hollywood, 
California, and is the owner of a large greeting card business besiues 
making a few special cosmetics. Part of Mr. Larrabee r s amusing letter 
which accompanied the lotion is as follows. "The sending of the lextone 
Lotion is not to infer that any of you need anything to enhance your 
attractiveness - but it is sent simply with the thought of preserving 
it. Mr. J?"ord has taken steps to preserve the beauties of the Wayside 
Inn, and now i come along to preserve the beauty of the beauties 01 the 

lu'j inn,.. . All of you are so nice to me when I am there that I, 
at least, want to send you a token of my appreciation for your kindness 
and thoughtf ulness . " 

Tuesday, June 16, 194-2 Cloudy, colu 

Six Methoaist ministers found the Inn a convenient place to meet 
this morning and stayed for luncheon. Lach one handed us his card. 
We were impressed with this message on the card of the Kev. Henry I. 
Bailey, if'itchburg, Mass. 

"If I can render any service of comfort or genuine helpfulness, 
I shall be happy to do so. I shall count it a favor to be called 
upon either for yourself or for another whenever you deem my assistance 
needed. To this end your co-operation is desired that our church may be 
really helpful. 

Not to be ministered unto but to minister." 

Graduation activities have started at the Boys School. Tonight 
the annual Senior Class Banquet was held at Dutton Lodge. 

Wednesday, June 17, 19^2 Cloudy, cold 

The Graduation Ball of the Boys school was held in the large Ballroom 
this evening. It is one of those events which every year we exclaim is 
"The best ever!". Tonight's dance v/e can honestly say was one oi! the 
very best. The girls looiceu charming in their xon^, dresses and not often 
does one see such a fine looking, well mannered group of boys. The whole 
affiar was dignified, yet a spirit of informality prevailed, a few old 
graduates of the school returned with wives or sweethearts and several oi 
the Inn neighbors looked on. There was Mrs. Staples, the Bo wens and Mr. k 
Mrs. Geehan. Near them sat the chaperones for the occasion, Mr. and Mrs. 
Sennott and nur. and Mrs. Young. *n orchestra furnished music ana ice 
cream and cake were served. 

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Thursday, June 18, 1942 Partly clouu^, 

Graduation exercises for all three Wayside Inn schools were hexd this 
evening in the Martha—Mary Chapel, ^e were pxeasea to see there Mr. caid 
Mrs. Hoppin (Muriel de MilleJ anu more Wayside Inn neighbors. In fact 
the Chapel was filled with relatives ana friends of the graduating classes. 
The usual awarding of diplomas took place, ringing ana recitations were 
enjoyed. Miss Joyce from the Child Guidance division of tne Massachusetts 
Public Welfare Department was the speaker. Most thrilling part of the pro- 
gram was the presentation of a service flag. This was given by the L'ii^L 
class of the Boys School in honor of former members of the school who are 
serving in our fighting forces. The flag shows one large dark blue star 
and underneath it the number thirty-six (36) . Mr. Young explained that 
every boy represented on the flag was a volunteer. 

And Speaking of Wayside Inn School boys in the service of our country, 
we were very much pleasea to learn that when a service flag was dedicated 
at the lirst Church, Congregational, in Marlboro recently, nineteen Wayside 
Inn boys were among the twenty-five men of the church who have e,one to 

the War. 

Priday, June 19, iV4^ pleasant 

Practically all of our b uests these days are in one way or another 
associated with the War effort. Very often a visit to the Inn is 
occasioned directly or indirectly by the War. For instance we enter- 
tained a Missionary group recently. These laaies have been living until 
recently in Japan or China. I'heir husbands are now out of the missionary 
field due to the war. The husband of one of the laaies is internea in 
Manila, another is still in China, while the third missionary - one whose 
home and life work has been in Japan - is now in the U. S. Marine Corps. 
He will eventually be callea upon to fight the Japanese. This of course 
inaxes for an anomalous situation. The wives (our guests) are in Boston 
for the duration ana are taking adv~uit,a b e oi this opportunity to uo some 
sight-seein^ at Home. 

Saturday, .June 20, 1942 Pleasant 

letters asking lor reservations continue to arrive. One such as this 
was received in this morning's mail. It is from Miss Mary C. Milanette o£ 
the Rochester Trust anu Safe Deposit Company, Rochester, New Yorx. In it 
she says, "In about a. month or so, we are planning to visit in Massachu- 
setts, ana woulu xike to include your very popular anu renownea Inn on our 

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WAYbluiii INN DIaiu 
Saturday, June 20, ±94^ (continueu) 

list oi' famous and good places to eat." Very often the letters mention 
the gasoline rationing such as this one from Mrs. iiaroxu *'. r'aux, 
Rochester, Hew fork. "Next month I expect to be in Boston - but due to 

the gas ration will travel by bus the reason 1 am writing is to find 

out if there is a bus that goes from Boston directly to the Inn - and 
then is there a waj that, we can get back to the ijus heaaea westward." 


Sunday, June 21, 19 A2 Rain 

Summer greeted us not very pleasantly with dark clouds and 
rain a good part of the day. In spite of this, a large number of 
guests were served dinner and many came to see the house. Among 
our guests was Mr. Burton ^olmes, famous world traveller and lec- 
turer, For many years we have heard of Burton Holmes' illustrated 
travel talks. He gives them in all the large cities, Boston, New 
York, Chicago, etc. After dinner we had a chance to ask Mr. Holmes 
to register in our Special ^uest Book, and he tola us that, weather 
permitting, he would come to the Inn again some time during the 
week to take pictures. At present he is "doing" New England and will 
incorporate tne Inn in his lecture. He looked as we have often 
seen him pictured - a strong face with a no/f famous goatee. 

Monday, ^une 22, 1942 Partly cloudy 

Teachers of the wildreth Street School in Marlboro honored a 
retiring teacher this evening with a party on the porch of the Inn. 
About five o'clock a few of the teacners arrived carrying a mahogany 
card table and a large white lamp, gifts for Miss Eagan. Practically 
everyone in Marlboro knows Miss Maud Eagan who has taught the First 
Grade for 50 years. Mr. deBairos, one of our watchmen, was in her 
first class ana his grown up children were also in her school. 
Miss Eagan is a lovely looking person with snow white hair and gentle 
features. k »e can easily imagine her love for the little tots and 
her regret at reaching the retiring age. She was taking it all very 
philosophically, however, and joled about retiring while she was still 
in possession of all her teethl 

Tuesday, June 23, 194-2 Cloudy 

Our friend, Mr. Edward n. Richards of Exeter, N. H., dropped in 
this afternoon just for a chat. He does so once in a while and we are 
always glad to see him. He is the man who writes poetry and claims to 
have written some well known poems credited to other poets j "The 
House by the Side of the Road" and "Trees" - for instance. Today he 
handed us one of his poems inspired by the war, a part of which we 
will quote: 

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Tuesday, June 23, 1942 (continued) 


I'll never be a sailor, 

Because I do not think 

That I coula be on water, 

An never take a drink. 

An 1 I ain't no landlubber, 

For raisin' wheat an:, corn; 

To git up in the starlight 
*t too tin 1 of a horn. 

So I must be a rover, 

An' tramp from door to door, 
An' thank 'um for a handout, 

As hoboes have before. 

An' take things pretty easy, 

An' keep within the law; 

My country is in danger, - 

And she must win the war. 

Wednesday, June 2A, 194-2 Very pleasant 

Every now and then a Mrs. Williams comes from Milford, Mass. 
and urges us to see her painting of the Inn done by Childe Rassam, 
The painting is in Mrs. William's home ana is undoubtedly a fine 
piece of work. Childe Hassam was a famous artist who died only a 
few years ago. The picture interests us because the artist 
scratched his name on a window pane in the Parlor of the Inn. 
When he came here to make the picture he evidently took a diamond 
and engraved his autograph on the glass. The glass is a precious 
possession and some day we hope to see the painting. 

Thursday, June 25, 194-2 Pleasant 

Two little girls arrived shortly after noon time and told us 
that they had come from Ashland, Mass. on their bicycles. "Mother 
gave us the directions, we followed them and here we are I" they 

Three Army officers with their families came in this afternoon 
to see the house. There were ei c ,ht in the party including two small 
boys. They were from Duluth, Minnesota. 

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Thursday, June 25, 1942 (continued) 

The Newton Community Centre is on its summer schedule enter- 
taining girls and boys from the slum districts every day. Today 
one of the directors br ught a little group of Italian girls to see 
the Inn. 

Another party for a retiring school teacher was held here this 
evening. This time a Miss Mary Murphy was honored j she having taught 
school for 4-8 years. Dinner was served at one long table followed 
by singing around the piano. 

Friday, June 26, 194-2 Pleasant 

This very fine sunny day brought Burton Holmes to the Inn again 
for his picture taking. Just as he arrived a car drove into the 
parking space and a sweet little girl hopped out. "Ah I my Mary I" exclaimed 
Mr. Holmes. He was referring of course to "Mary and her little lamb." 
Next on the program was to find a lamb. "There is one over in the 
field," someone suggested. So the little girl was enlisted as "Mary" 
and Mr. Holmes' cane employed as a staff for the shepherdess and the 
company carrying large cameras adjourned to the vicinity of the school 
house. Mr. Holmes sat in a shady spot on the front lawn and watched the 
camera men as they clicked pictures of the Inn, the Mill, the School 
and "Mary", wiary made a fine showing in a dainty summer dress and 
added much to the interest of the pictures. She will see herself next 
winter when Mr. Holmes comes to give his Golden Anniversary lecture 
in Symphony Hall, Boston. This is his 50th year of lecturing. He 
has travelled all over the world many times. In a quiet few minutes 
before luncheon our noted guest sat in a corner of the Bar room 
perusing the "Tales of a •«ayside Inn." 

Saturday, «*une 27, 194-2 Pleasant 

Every year an inventory of the books in our library needs to 
be taken and we are in the midst of this yearly task. The books are 
dusted, checked on author and subject cards, then arranged on shelves 
according to author. This year finds us with a few new additions to 
our collection. A mong them - 

Selections from the letters of -^liza Southgate Browne 
A Girl's life eighty years ago. 

Rhooes, "infred - Tne Great Adventure of Living 

Herrick, Robert - The Master of the Inn 


Sunday, June 28, 194-2 Pleasant 

We have heard oi all kinds o- hobbies, even to collecting 
milk bottles, but today we heard of a new one and one so fine 
and worthwhile we want to talk about it. The hobby is a Park 
It has been in the process of development for many years - by 
one single man. He is Mr. E. W. Field and his Park is in 
Brockton, itt ass. "There are probably 1,000 people in swimming 
on my beach today," said Mr. Field. He beamed as he went on 
to tell about several artificial lakes, dams and waterfalls 
which he has built on the tract of 500 acres - "And I've kept 
it as natural and wild as possible," he added. There is a 
golf course and other sports, picnic tables and many places 
for rest and recreation. Ten thousand evergreen trees have 
been set out. The Park is without question the pride and joy 
of Mr. Field. He is now nearly 90 years old. Every summer 
we look forward to seeing this nice gentleman. He spends his 
winters in California. 

Monday, J une 29, 1942 Pleasant 

Poets continue to find the Inn an inspiring place in 
which to write. Yesterday a poem called "The Birth of Patriotism" 
came forth from the pen of one John Badgley as he finished a visit 
through the house. He was the guest of a Mr. and Mrs. W. Spauld- 
ing and the poem is written as an expression of appreciation for 
a historic tour through Boston, Lexington and Concord. Here are 
Mr. Badgley' s verses: 

The Birth of Patriotism 

When Pat came o'er across the sea from 

bonnie England, 
They said he was disloyal ' cause he 

joined the rebel ranks 
And fought for independence with his 

brother minute -men. 

From Hampshire-land, Connecticut, the 

Crant of William Perm, 
From Highland mountains of the south to 

rock-strewn coasts of Maine, 
They heeded old John Adams and they 

followed Thomas Paine. 

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Monday, June 29, 1942 (continued) 

When these tri-cornered Concord men 

rebuked their mother nation, 
Parliament in spite of Burke, restricted 

And by his sovereign majesty determined 

to suppress, 
The rights of speech, assemblage, and 

freedom of the press. 

In opposition to this rule do you 

think Pat sat quiet? 
With gun in hand this minute-man 

became our first Pat-riot I 

Tuesday, June 30, 194-2 Pleasant 

This story begins in the Bar-room of the Inn on a night 
in the Autumn of 1940 when a guest, Mr. William 0. Bryan of 
New York, entertained as a dinner guest one of the boys in our 
school, Mr. William a sh. They had something in common: news- 
paper work. Mr. Bryan was Editor and owner oi th= Greenwich 
Village (N.Y.) "Villager" - while William's greatest ambition 
was to be a newspaper reporter, "illiam graduated from the school 
in June 1941. ^e took a three ox' four day vacation and went 
to New York. He hunted up Mr. Bryan's sister - now editor of 
"The Villager" because of the death of her brother in the early 
spring. Miss ^ryan showed William Greenwich Village and arranged 
for him to be "taken out" to lunch. William returned to New 
England and since that time has had jobs in Boston and Hudson - 
in the latter place working in a defense plant. But now - thanks 
to Miss Bryan, - his real ambition has been fulfilled. A letter 
came, offering •'illiam a chance to work on "The Villager". "Am 
I thrilled about it?" asked "illiam as he read us parts of the 
letter. "It (the letter) has been taken in ana out of my pocket 
so many times it's nearly worn outl" Of course his salary will 
be smaller, we suggested. "Yes, but what do I care about that - 
as long as I can be in a newspaper office I" fairly shouted 
William. He leaves next wee*, and we wish him all the good luck 
which he deserves. 

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Wednesday, July 1, 1942 Cloudy 

We have a house guest, a Miss Elizabeth Graham, who is 
staying here for nearly two weeks while on a vacation from 
the New Englana Confectionary Co. in Cambridge. She is a 
middle-aged woman of quiet voice and manners and has settled 
down into the atmosphere of the Inn very easily, while taking 
a walk yesterday, Miss Graham happened to meet Bobbie and Jimmie 
Gould, young sons of Maisie Gould who works in our kitchen. The 
boys spoke of blueberries and told Miss Graham "of a place where 
there is good picking" . Consequently Miss Graham, in cotton 
house dress, started off at an early hour this morning to meet 
Bobbie and Jimmie. She had a "date" to go blueberrying . 

Thursday, July 2, 1942 Rain 

Guests this evening were not numerous and everyone was 
intensely interested in the Inn. For instance, there was General 
Key ana his wife and son from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, now sta- 
tioned at Fort Devens. "While in New England I'm going to make 
a business of visiting historical places," said Mrs. Key The 
General was a tall, good looking man and very jolly. He told 
several good stories to a Mr. and Mrs. Hayford who were here for 
overnight. The Hayfords enjoyed the Key family very much and 
also the Inn itself. Mrs. Hayford' s father was a Universalist 
minister. She spent several years at Tufts College near Dr. 
McCollester and knows many of the Frater group «ho come here 
annually for their "Retreat." All of which makes us think that 
the Inn is so rich in history and association that it touches a 
responsive chord in the heart of practically everyone who comes - 
be he from East or ''est. man, poor man, merchant or chief. 

Friday, July 3, 1942 Partly Cloudy 

At a Cambridge celebration in 1902, Professor Getchel of 
Boston University, was appointed a sort oi guide to show off 
the James Russell ^owell house, "Elmwood." Today Professor 
Getchel stood in the Bar-room and recalled some of his experi- 
ences at that time. "I studied up on the history of the house," 
he said," and used to stand on the door step to tell people 
about it. In the audience was Lowell's nephew. He came to me later and 
said that I knew more about the house than he did and he was born 
there'." Professor u etchel knew Miss Alice Longfellow and is a 
friend of Mr. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana. 

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Saturday, July 4, 194-2 Pleasant 

No glamorous celebration accompanied Jkhe arrival of this 
summer holiday. The 4th of July, 1942, Ifta&t O o down in the 
history of the Wayside Inn as a quiet, uneventful day. There 
was no flag waving or noise making. Without comment the 
hostesses pointed out Paul Revere prints showing British war 
ships in Boston Harbor. They called attention to a Revolutionary 
musket. Guests came in for dinner. There were several family 
parties. Friendly conversation took place. Yet underneath the 
surface of the day's business, two great words lay deep in our 
hearts "Patriotism" and "Independence" . Not for 166 years has 
the meaning of these words been of such a serious nature j 
almost too sacred to mention. The only outward remark made, 
which in any way suggested what the day stands for and its 
relation to the Inn, came from the granddaughter of Henry Wads- 
worth Longfellow *=• Miss Ann Thorpe who stopped in for supper. 
She exclaimed, "What a nice way to celebrate the Birth of our 
Nation - by coming here!" 


Sunday, July 5, 1942 Pleasant 

This was not the proverbial hot, sweltering 4th of July 
week-end. The house was comfortably cool. Many guests and 
hostesses too, remarked about the house j "Doesn't it look 
perfectly beautiful today?" There seemed to be a freshness 
through the rooms as summer breezes came in the tiny windows. 
Flowers added not a little to the charming atmosphere. Our 
garden flowers are numerous and today were supplemented with 
pink and yellow and white roses from the Bowker's garden. The 
Bowkers are still faithful about bringing their roses on Sat- 
urday evening. We exclaim over the beauty of the Crimson 
Glory and the Doctor rose. Gradually we are learning the names, 
- Sweetheart and Dainty Bess, Madame Butterfly and Hoover. The 
Tom Thumb's and Pixies make picture bouquets in their tiny vases 
No wonder the house looked "perfectly beautiful" this summer 

Monday, July 6, 1942 Warm 

The writer remembers an old family Highboy in which pies 
were stored. The long deep drawers were filled with apple and 
mince pies in the fall of the year and kept in storage to be 
used through the winter months. Several guests have spoken of 
this custom; the making of dozens of pies, "to be kept on hand." 
Today a woman spoke of this same tradition and said that her 
grandmother often told a story about her father, who, when a boy, 
made a raid on her pie chest. He ate the mince meat from out all 
the mince pies I Not the crusts, mind you, but just the mince 
meat. Imagine grandmother's surprise when she went to the cup- 
board and found the nice-looking pie crusts with the "pie" part 
carefully removed I 

Tuesday, July 7, 1942 Pleasant 

A distinguished guest this evening was Miss Margaret G. 
Bondfield, member of the British Labor Party and now lecturing at 
Wellesley College. »*e didn't like to intrude on the party of which 
Miss Bondfield was a member so didn't have a chance to talk with 
her. She seemed to enjoy the Inn, however, and asked for a menu 
to take back to England. The Boston Herald has given exerpts from 
her Wellesley speeches and we find them very interesting. This 
little paragraph on the Peace we liked especially well. "It is not 
by hatred and exploitation that we can build the peace, but comp- 
lementary to world economic cooperation - by the service for the 
common good of the common man." 

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Wednesday, July 8, 194-2 Pleasant 


The Reverend Robinette has two maidenly sisters, Martha and 
Mary. When Mary was asked where she would like to go for dinner 
she pleaded 1 "Do take me to the Wayside Inn. I must go there 
once again." 

Hostess to guest: "We hope the gas rationing won't prevent 
you from coming again." 

Guest ; "Don't worry. I'll get here if I have to walkl" 

Recent guests were two refugee girls of 'teen age. One of 
them was born in Indo China, the other in Palestine. Parents 
were missionaries. They told about canoing on the Red Sea. 

n e have been told that the gold eagle which tops the cupola 
of the old Lord Timothy Dexter House in Newburyport - a picture 
of which hangs in our Bar room - has been removed and the cupola 
painted a dull gray for the Duration. 

From a letter written by a Wayside Inn friend in the service 
of his country, we wish to quote* "By now the Inn should be at its 
best with the grounds in full bloom and the hustle -bustle of 
guests roaming at large in the ghost laden rooms. I certainly miss 
it all; especially so, when I compare the quietness of it all with 
that of the clatter in the mess hall." 

Thursday, July 9, 194-2 Very pleasant 

A New York car rolled into the parking space this afternoon 
and two gentlemen came hastily to the door. One of them was Mr. 
George Matthew Adams on his way to his summer home. He and his 
friend stopped for luncheon. They stayed only a short time after- 
ward, but long enough for us to point out the Alphonse Legros 
etching of Longfellow presented to Mr. Ford by Mr. Adams. This is 
now hanging in the lower hall of the Inn and is much admired by 
artists and laymen alike. Mr. Adams paused for a moment in the 
parlor and spoke again of Longfellow and Whittier. He mentioned 
Whittier's poem, "Maud Muller." We were glad to have this brief 
visit from a man whom we know best through his writings - all of 
which are full of human interest and appeal. 

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Friday, July 10, 194-2 Pleasant 

Yesterday we had one of those rare experiences which 
happens just once in a life time. It happened in the parlor 
of the Inn. Miss ^arietta A. Ware, from ^ast Sullivan, New 
Hampshire - 89 years old, recited a poem. Now many others 
have been inspired to recite poems in Longfellow's parlor, 
but to see this life long school teacher, in spite of her 
bears, straight and vigorous - stand beside the sombre clock, 
was a very unusual treat. Her mind was clear as a bell. She 
made no formal announcement of her recitation, but simply 
asked • "Have you heard what %ittier wrote upon Longfellow's 
death?" Not waiting for an answer her voice, strong and clear 
was heard through the empty hallway; it was heard outside on 
the porch. Guests and pantry help, house man and hostesses 
dropped tneir work. One by one an audience assembled as 
Marietta began. She stood perfectly still with hands at her 
side, her head tilted slightly backwards. She looked at no 
one, but in her eyes one saw a reverence and love for the 
meaning of every word she spoke. 

"Hushed now the sweet consoling tongue 
Of him whose lyre the Muses strungj 
His last low swan-song had been sung! 

"His last I And ours, dear friend is nearj 
As clouds that rake the mountains here, 
We too shall pass and disappear, 

"Yet howsoever changed or lost, 
Not even a wreath of mist is lost, 
No atom can itself exhaust. 

"So shall the soul's superior force 
lave on and run its endless course 
In God's unlimited universe. 

"And we whose brief reflections seem 

To fade like clouds from lake and stream, 

Shall brighten in a holier beam." 

Saturday, July 11, 1942 Pleasant 

Those of us who carry on the daily, routine duties of 
this old Inn, might be called in this present war crisis the 
"forgotten people." In other words we are the common Americans. 
Our interpretation of events is not heard over any network. 
Our pictures do not appear in the newspapers for having helped 
certain war activities. We are not in truth, doing one important- 

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Saturday, July 11, 194-2 ^ continued) 

sounding or glamorous thing. Yet "they also serve who only 
stand and wait." Yes, we are patiently waiting. We are 
performing our duties cheerfully. We are keeping the Inn 
stable and secure. To live normally while all around is 
turmoil and discord, to meet each new day as it comes with 
courage and dignity; this is our task. 


bunaay, July 12, 1942 Warm 

The tiny fingers of a child held fast to the edge of the 
hutch table in the Bar-room as the hostess explained the meaning 
of "hutch". "The word means hiding place," she said. The boy 
was intrigued with the mystery of a hiding place. He peered in to 
the hollow box. He looked at the large iron lock. In his hand 
he held a toy automobile. "Put that in there," he said. In this 
way our three hundred year old table was introduced to a miniature 
automobile of the 20th cenx,ur^. The automobixe reposed in the 
hutch table while our young guest made a tour of the house. 

Mr. J. P. Gilligan, for 2y years in the General Traffic Office 
of the i'ord Motor Co. in dearborn, was a dinner guest this noontime, 

Monday, Ju±y 13, 194-2 Very warm 

We often think of the young Sicilian as he "leaned o'er the 
bridge of stone to watch the speckled trout glide by." We walk 
over the bridge nearly every day and with longfellow's words in 
mind it is not difficult to visualize the scene he so beautifully 
describes in the Tales o± a Wayside Inn. The oher day we came 
upon a young man leaning o'er the bridge in the same manner. The 
young man was not with moustache "like swallow's wings", however. 
He was smooth shaven and had a worried expression on his face. 
As we approached he did not greet us in any formal manner but with 
these words: "I've just dropped my watch into the brook!" boon 
he relieved himself of shoes and stockings. He waded into the brook 
ran his hands over the river bed ana after five or ten minutes re- 
covered the watch. It was a gold jeweled watch. "Guess I'll have 
to give this a good soaking in kerosene 1" he said. 

Tuesday, July 14, 1942 Very warm 

"The more you learn about a thing the less you feel you know 
about it." bo it is with antiques; glass, china, wooden ware and 
furniture, ue stud,/ ana stuay. let almost every day we have a 
question put to us which we simply cannot answer. Often the question 
is a very technical one. ror instance today a Mr. Hobart Brockett 
of Olintonville, Connecticut asxea us about P©d bits; what was the 
largest size maue and how many constituted a set. He wanted to know 
if there is a set in the Museum at Dearborn. We didn't have the 
answers to these questions on the tip end of our tongue so promised 
to obtain the information and send it to him. 

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Wednesday, Juay 15 > x94^ ..arm 

The birds around the Inn continue to interest us ana to bring 
us happiness. Luncheon and ainner guests are entertained by a 
ilock oi yellow warblers as they flutter through the trees near the 
dining-porch. Down by the brook we often see a brown ana white 
speckled heron. He is apt to perch on a rail lence or on a rock in the 
inidale oi' the stream, being larger than most of "one birds here he 
seems rather aaoof - and proua of his xong bill, ne have noicea his 
ability to keep perfectly still for long minutes at a time. j.nen when 
he hears the slightest little noise, foreign to his ears, he will fly 
away, his wiue wings flapping as he swoops down low over the water. 

Thursday, Juxy j.6, l94<i Pleasant 

The Inn made a pleasant setting for a small birthday party this 
evening. There were only three in the party to be exact; Captain Le 
Master, his wife and a lady frienu. The three came from Port Devens 
where the Captain is stationeu, but tneir home is in Oklahoma. This 
was Mrs. .be Master's birtttday and the Inn proved an interesting place 
to celebrate it. "I just can't believe this house is over 200 years 
old I" exclaimed Captain remaster . "Just think, Oklahoma was not made 
a state until 35 years ago. We don't have anything old out there I" 
Such remarks were made throughout the evening by ail in the party. 

"I can't believe I'm here" "Two hundred ana fifty-six years old" 

...."I've never seen anything so old." etc, etc. 

* very nice couple, Mr. ana Mrs. Huisicin^ were overnight guests 
tonight and with them a small son. Mr. Huiskin is New itfiglana repre- 
sentative of the Curtiss-hright airplane Co. anu comes frequently from 
his home in New Haven, Conn, to the matertown, Mass. arsenal, ihis 
was the Huisxin 6 s' first visit to the Inn and we learned that they 
collect antiques - in a small way, of course, but they are genuinely 
interested in old furniture. "I'm afraid you are going to have us 
as regular boarders," said i«ir. H. "We shall want to stop here every 
time I come to natertown." 

r'riday, July l7, 19-42 Pleasant 

tie thought that the young Longfellow had come to life this 
afternoon when a tall youth walked int,o the bar-room. He wore side- 
burns and had a moustache. His weil-sha^ea head ana high forehead 
indicated more than average intellect ana his small blacic bow tie 
made him appear as a young man oi the i9th century. His voice was 
low, yet not i'eminine. He was genteel and polite. "I live in bt 
Louis," he volunteered and told us that this was his first trip to 
New Lnglana. He was alone ana on his way bacK west. He registered 
as Dr. M. P. Graff am. 

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Saturday, Juiy 18, i94<£ Fog, rain 

n modestly dressed girl of about 18 years stod in front oi' the 
altar in the Martha-Mary Cha^l toaa^ anu sang very sweetly "0 Promise 
we." Vihen she haa finished the iteverena wr. Hawley of ivianchester, 
Vermont, entered. He was accompanied by the bridegroom, Mr. bernice 
Wilcox, and a best man. To the strains of Lohengrin's wedding march, 
the bridesmaid, then the briae in white satin, came down the aisle on 
the arm of her father. The minister had been given special permission 
by the Governor of iviassachsetts to come to this state to perform the 
ceremony. The "permission" was in the form of a large .Letter on whiii 
the state seal was placed and the Governor's signature. Hollowing 
the ceremony the company of about one hundred friends and relatives 
came to the Inn for a reception. The bride is a Marlboro girl. The 
couple plan to live in Schenectady, Hew York, where the groom is em- 
ployed by the General Electric Company. 

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Sunday, July 19, 1942 Very Warm 

This day was a very busy one and many soldiers and sailors 
were to be seen among the guests. Vie discovered a Captain Henry 
Ford. Before the war Captain Ford was a school teacher in Oklahoma. 
He is now in the Field Artillery branch 01 the service but could not 
disclose his station. When we asked his whereabouts he was apolo- 
getic and could not divulge that information; a military secret. 
His address, however, is aPO 45, New York City. With Captain Ford 
were his wife and two children. They stayed around the house a good 
part of the afternoon following dinner in the old dining room. 

Monday, July 20, 1942 Cooler 

Three distinct types of culture, French, Dutch and English, 
have been woven around the history of New Paltz, New York - New York 
- according to one o±: our guests toaay, Rev. John »»right Follette - 
and we could easily imagine ijat the "three types" have all left 
their mark upon this man who is one of the town's uirect descendants. 
His gestures were French and his name French; his appearance Dutch - 
a broad face, long nose - and he spoke perfectly correct English. 
The town was originally spelled Phaltz and changed later to New Paltz. 
Large stone houses with thick walls still remain and the people, most 
of them "direct descendant ", have tried to keep tne old aspect of the 
town intact, free from commercialism. The Rev. Follette has written 
three books on teaching methods ana published one boox of poetry, he 
also paints. His grand!' ather taught John Burroughs in a little red 
school house Knov/n as the Stone Ju£ school. 

luesday, Juiy 21, 1942 Very warm 

*"e have entertained royalty in the past and rather hoped Tor a 
visit from a queen today - Queen wilhelmina oi the Netherlands. She 
came to Boston yesterday for a two day visit and was scheduled to 
return to Lee this afternoon. Lee is in the western part of the state. 
But we were disappointed. The Queen didn't come, ^rouna dinner time, 
however, three distinguished looking men appeared ana we were soon in- 
troduced to the Queen's Naval attache, ttear admiral J. E. Meijer Ranneft. 
He was not in uniform; an elderly gentxeman who enjoyea playing upon our 
spinet in the parlor - ana he played very well. He was accompanied by 
a Mr. Keinaers, another Hollanaer and Professor J. A. C. Fagginger Auer 
of Harvard. Professor Auer is an old friend of ours and told us a 
little about the Queen - how tirea she felt after the many festivities 
planned for her. Not being used to warm weather she found the heat of 
Boston very trying, ihere was a lormal dinner at the Museum of Fine 
Arts, a visit to the Navy Yard and tours to several Historical sites. 
The ^ueen is 6l years old. 

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Wednesday, July 22, 1942 Very Pleasant 

In a Diary of recent date a story was told about William Gash, 
one of our Waysiae Inn boys; how he wanted to be a newspaper man and 
was finally given a chance to go to New York to be associated with the 
Greenwich Village "Villager." We have had some cards ana a letter from 
William telling of his safe arrival at his new home. He also sent a 
marked copy of the "Villager" with an item titled "New member on Staff." 
William has been made circulation manager of the paper. It is really a 
very fine publication, free from the usual type of sensational news, 
murders, etc. It is published once every week. William has put the Inn 
on his mailing list, ana aireaay we have enjoyed two copies. Its motto 
at the top of the front, page reads: "fteflecting the treasured traditions 
of this cherished community. :i Good luck to Williaml he deserves this 
opportunity which came about in fairy- story-xilce way. 

Thursday, Juxy 23, 1942 Very Pleasant 

..e met an artist, toaay who xives in historic Lexington and 
specializes in doing historic scenes, lie is Mr. *iiden xiipiey. A Mr. 
Kiiey in our neighboring town of neston has engaged Mr. nip-Ley to paint 
some murals in his home. fhere are to be several American scenes of an 
early period, among them one of the Inn. It will be an exterior view 
showing the Inn as it was in the first part of the x9th century without 
dormer windows or front porch, a stage coach will be seen on the roadway 
near the entrance. 

Mrs. Kobert Wallace or Pasadena, California was a tea guest this 
afternoon. 6he is a niece by marriage of James I. Fields, nongfexxow's 
publisher. Her father, Dr. Z. H. Adams, was a brother of Mrs. Fields. 

Friday, July 24, 1942 Very Pleasant 

For today's diary a note had been made: "Helen nicks Harb, former 
Women's National Golf Champion, distinguished visitor." tfut before we sat 
down to write the facts about mrs. Harb, the question came to our minu - 
"Was Mrs. Harb the only aistinguisheu visitor we entertained toaay." It 
depends upon one's interpretation of "distinguished." There are many 
noble souls who are, without any outward recognition, accomplishing 
great things. They are bearin & heavy burdens without, complaint. They 
have conquered themselves; submerged selfish interests. They perform 
menial tasks day after day faithfully ana well. By strength of character 
they have distinguished th^msexves, have become "separate" individuals. 
Yet their names are not known to the public. Silently they carry on. 

The common definition oi a distinguished person is one who has 
been honorea lor nis accomplishments in a particular field. His name 
appears in the papers; we hear oi him by woru oi mouth. Is tnis person 
reaxly more uistinguished than the former? Should we write - "Our one 
distinguisneu visitor touay was....?" 

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Mhi'oLu^ INN UlAKl 

Saturday, July 25, 1942 Very Pleasant 

«• jolly group of Royal Air jvorce men visitea the Inn this morning 
ana they enjoyed the Innj we enjoyeu them. There were three who are in 
Canada training aew recruits i'or the air service. They were given "xeave" 
ana decided to see the States, fortunately they were "pickea up" by some 
peopxe coming to Boston. In j.ess than a week's time they have seen 
Boston, New York ana 'Washington. "You think of Englishmen as being slow" , 
one of them saia, "but we have quickenea our pace consiaerably since this 
thing (the war; happened." We noticea three V-snapeu strides on the arm 
of one gray uniform ana asked why the V was not turnea upsiue aown as on 
an American ^argeant's uniform. "I tell people that it's like a horseshoe. 
If turned upside down the luck is spilling out. I want to hola all my 
luckl" was the quick reply of a short thicK set fellow. All exclaimed 
over the signature of the lAace of Windsor on the Cooliage Sap Bucket - 
and all declared: "He's a >-:reat fellow - the best there isl" 


Sunday, July 26, 1942 Warm 

The Inn became a week-end retreat yesterday for a college 
president and his son. The two men stepped off the Worcester bound 
bus yesterday afternoon, went to their rooms and soon appeared in 
country attire, suitable for lounging and walking. The Jenks family 
- for the President of St. Lawrence University is Millard H. Jenks - 
have Known the Inn for about four years. It was then that son Kim- 
ball became a student at the Mass. Institute of Technology. Two years 
ago the father was elected to the position he now holds. St. Lawrence 
is well Known to Inn folks through the Prater group; many of the mini- 
sters being graduates of the bt. Lawrence Theological School. Presi- 
dent Jenics knows practically all ol the men in this Waysia Inn group. 
He ana Kimball boarded a bus back to Boston late this afternoon. 

Monday, July 27, 1942 Rain 

The Benington Hound Pitcher in the Edison room furnishea the 
subject of an interesting conversation today. Mr. Ulizio, guest in 
a luncheon party, gave an informal talk on his collection oi' Hound 
pitchers. He has eight of them, graauating in size from a tiny one 
to a size larger than the one we have here. They are all perfect ana 
constitute a complete set. "I had hard work finding them," said Mr. 
Ulizio, "and really know very little about them. But it's been great 
fun." Mr. Ulizio is evidently a very active business mail who chanced 
to make collecting Hound pitchers his hobby. 

(Por pictures see next page) 

Wednesday, July 29, 1942 Thunder Storms 

Thoughts from a stone step. 

Men are cuttin„ wheat in the i'iela, Hop Brooic runs idly by and a 

bob white is persistent with his tune over tare Deyonu rail fences 

and stone walls and in the shaaow of Mt. Nobscot, lies tue Waysiue Inn: 
a symbol o£ Peace. It was built tenyears after King Philip's War, it 
sheltered soluiers of the Revolution and men oi the first World war 
wrote poems 01 "farewell" from its parlor aesk. Men in blue axi khaki 
are there today, yet the Inn remains serene. It stands firm and cour- 
ageous against aii embattled WoAd. *ina are not those in whose hands the 
Inn is placed, courageous too? They are si j j aintaining the Peace, 
this little s^ot 01 it, while all around are men ana women upon whom 
medals are being bestowed. 

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Tuesday, Juxy 28, 1942 (continued; 

Camera impressions 

Most recent Martha-Mar^ wedding 

Mr, and Mrs. aernice V. Wilcox 
July 18, 1^42 


Tuesday, July *.o, 1942 



*'irst iaiiitary weduing 
in the uiartha-mar,/ Chapel. 

Mr. ana iurs. i?rea Loxiins 
June ±4, 1942 

.bouquet from Vv'aysiae Inn 
garaen on the grave 01 iwary sawyer 
at luount auburn Cemetery, Uaiubrioje± Day 1942 

burton Holiues - hor±u Irave-L- i i Lecturui- 

June ,il t 1942 

V.'AYolDS INi. ulAitY 

Wednesday , July 29, 1942 (continued) 

The Inn is not only a symbol of. Peace, out itis a great symbol of 
Democracy. For over two hundred anu fifty years it has sheltered travellers; 
men of all races and creeds, common men and foreign princes. Alike the} 
have sought anu found here bed ana board. Did not Longfellow put into his 
company a young Sicilian anu a Spanish Jew? 

Today the Inn embodies all that for which the peopxe of every nation 
are striving; everlasting ^eace which comes only through a showing 01 real 
democracy. The Inn cannot be moved; it cannot be carriea across the seas 
as an emblem of Peace or as an example. It will remain here for two hun- 
dred ana fifty years more - unperturbed Dy a war; peerless in its peaceful 

Thursday, July 30, 1942 Cloudy and Cold 

The Wayside Inn Library was the recipiet today of a new book, "A 
Pastor flings over South America." The book was presented by the author, 
Bishop Samuel Trexler of New York. He is President of the Unitea Lutheran 
Synod of New York ana President of the Board of foreign Missions of the 
United Lutheran Church in America. Having reaa in the papers that this 
was Mr. Ford's birthday, Bisho^. Trexler inscribeu the boolc thusly: "To 
the Wayside Inn," in appreciation oi happy visits, on Mr. bora's birthday." 
The Bishop and the same friend who accom^anieu him today were here two years 
ago. The friend is Dr. lJevol, the attenuin_; physician to Alexander inool- 
cott and other lamous people. The x jair are jolly ana friendly* The boox. 
gives an account of their travels together by airplane over South America. 

Friday, Juxy 31, o.9Ax Partly Cloudy 

The little ba^ window in the old dining-room lenas itself to ±ovexy 
f j.ower arrangements. In the summer time the window is always uecorutea 
anu affords much pleasure for the guests. This week many have commenteu 
upon the scabiosa which has been raised in great quantity ana variety. 
The dark hueu ones with their tips of white anu their roanu shapes are 
veritable "pin cushions", others are in paxe pinic anu xuvendar shades 
anu have more fuzzy surfaces. The combination oi light tuiu dark shades; 
the contrast _jnd yet blending of colors majce very beautiiuj. bouquets. 

Saturday, August 1, 1942 Pleasant 

In ^ast diaries of several years ago, much was written about Mr. ana 
Mrs. George F. Cookin, a uear ola coup±e who spent many lon^, uays here when 
the} were young anu fortunately were able to renew their acu.uaint.ance with 
the Inn uurin^ their ola a b e. They have passeu awaj but their memory .Lives 

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Saturday, August i, 1942 (conoinued) 

on in the hearts of those wjao knew them. Today a lone woman arrived on 
the bus, Mrs. Gookin's niece, a i.iiss Clevexana. "I thought, I must come 
out here to spenu the uay, today, just in memory oi' my aunt ana uncle," 
she said. 

iinother interesting guest today was a woman who had oeen a udssion- 
ary in Japan. She taught school there and haa translated several oi the 
"Tales oi a Vn'aysiae Inn" into Japanese. When in the parlor, iviiss Pamcy, 
for that was her name, recitea a part oi "The regent Beautiful" in the 
Japanese language. 

wayside iiM ui^bi 

aunhay, August 2, 1942 Very Pleasant 

Sunday was observed today in an old-fashioned way, by reading a 
boox and a gooa booK: "bosses from an ola wianse." There were guests 
today to be sure, ana many, iviany guests indeed for an almost gaso- 
line-less day. But in-between guests there was time to pick up 
Hawthorne's delightful book. His description of the ola wianse in 
Concord was more appreciated than auring a former reading because 
of our present association with country atmosphere ana an old House, 
borne of the sentences and paragraphs touched such a responsive 
chord that they were marlcea with a cross: literary gems which will 
sparkle in our mina for a long time. fre beg leave to quote a few 
of them. 

"Throughout the summer there were cherries anu currants; ana then 
came Autumn, with his immense burden of apples, dropping them continu- 
ally from his overladen shoulders as he trudged along." 

"The beams and rafters, roughly hewn, and with strips oi' bark still 
on them, ana the ruae masonry of the chimneys, maae the garret loox 
wild ana uncivilized." 

"Carpenters next appear ea making a tremendous racket among the out- 
buildings, strewing the fa reen grass with pine shavings ana chips of 
chestnut joists, ana vexing the whole antiquity oi the place with their 
discordant renovations . " 

"Speaking of summer squashes. .. .They presented an endless diversity 
of urns anu vases, shallow or aeep, escalloped or plain, moulaed in 
patterns which a sculptor woula do well to copy, since Art has never 
invented anything more graceful." 

Monday, August j>, lv^2 Pleasant 

*. lively little lady whose mind wandered i'rom Vienna, Austria to 
Cambridge, Massachusetts, as she went through the house, proved to be 
an enjoyable visitor this afternoon. Her name is nnna L. Pease and 
she was oorn in this country. When a chilu she was taken to Vienna 
and remainea there until 3 years ago. "Jf course Longfellow was born 
in Cambridge," she said. "I love him - have read everything sver 
wrote, ya, ya. But I couldn't stay in Austria, you know" - 6o she 

Led. Her enjoyment of the Parlor has rarely been equalled. She 

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Monday, august 3, 1942 (continued) 

v.'as familiar with the Poet and the Student and the other Longfellow 
characters. "Ya, ,ya, I know," she Ke^t saying - under stanuin thorough!} 
every v/ora of ti.e description. Upstairs in nafayette's room she stopped 
and after a long sigh murmured, "I love this country u.ore tnan most 
people who have never left it." When we asKed about her life in ^ustria, 
Miss Pease seemed loathe to talk about it or the present situation there, 
she doesn't reau anything about it and informed us quite emphatically 
tnat sue doesn't want to Know what is happening in her adopted country. 

Tuesday, August 4> 1 ?42 Pleasant 

Ver,, large blue eyes with long curled lashes ^eerea across the shelf 
of the Bar this afternoon, a brij nth, finely shaped, and 

Iocks of gleaming bronze arrested the attention 01 everyone in the r 
Yes, h tovie actress, one o± the Picken's sisters - Miss Jane. 
The morning paper announced that she would sing at the Birthdaj rty 
given by the Copley Plaza Hotel this evening. Jane was friendly the 
slightly moaest and retiring. She smiled often showing perfectly white 
teeth. She and her gentleman escort partook of tea served on the Porch. 

Wednesday, august 5, 1942 Very pleasant 

More and more frequently do guests tell of sacrifices made in order 
to have dinner or u. cu^ of tea at "the Wayside Inn. Today a family of three 
drove up from Connecticut; a t. k's supply 01 gasoline involved. Not 
a regular two week's supply but a vacation supply. "I've worked in j 
garden every da} of my vacation," saia Mr. White tiiis evening, "so coming 
here marKS the family's one vacation treat." Mr. White is J. McCall 
White whose Scottish relatives have lived on their ancestral estate for 
four hundred and twenty-five ./ears. Mr. White told of meeting Mr. lora 
ana Mr. Tirestone, also President Coolidge. In England he was the guest 
of George V. 

Thursday, August 6, 1942 Very pleasant 

k farewell dinner was given recently for a man just called into the 
service. The honored guest was Robert «. Clark oi Winthrop, Mass., who 
served in the first World 'war, also at the Mexican border in 1916. r'rienas 
ana family, numbering six, were seated at a table on the Porch. 

A Suubury resident, Mrs. Emmons, was a recent luncheon guest and told 
us that she is living in the house formerly occupied Ly Miss Witham. 
Miss Witham was a member of the Farm and Garden Llub and is remembered 
by those who knew her as a very lovely person. 

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WrtYblDL INN uIiiRY 

Friday, August 7, 1942 Ver > pleasant 

Pieces of old metal work such as a Betty lamp, bed warmer, toaster 
and wafer iron, were oi particular interest to a guest touay, Mr. ". b. 
Rengering oi Cincinnati, Ohio. He was evidently a metal worker himself: 
one who h^s come up from the "ranics" into a position of responsibility. 
His plant employs 1100 men. "I wish some of my men could see the delicate 
work on this piece," saia Mr. ttengering as he fondly hanuled our ^ipe tongs, 

Never before haa he seen the metal craftsmanship of the early .timer! can 
period. The specimens found here were greatlj enlightening to this man 
of forty years who apparently has been deprived of a formal education. 

Saturday, *iu b ust 3, 1942 Very pleasant 

Llliam Cash, the boy who went to New YorK. to taice a position on the 
Greenwich Village "Villager", has been given his longed-for job as a 
Reporter besides being Circulation Manager. He is sending to the Inn a 
copy of each week's "Villager." iviuch goou information is found therein, 
lor instance a column entitled "This Week in History," provides a list 
of important- dates with the events lor which they stand, here are a few 
examples : 

Aug. 7 - First settlers land in Maine, 1607 

Aug. 10 - 0. S. Naval Academy i'ounueu at Annapolis, io/+5» 
Aug. li - i'Ul ton's "Clermont", first successful steam vessej. 
appears on Hudson, 1307. 

another column which lurther suggests the t^pe of information round 
in the "Villager" is calleu "Picked up in Passing". These are the Kino of 
thin 6 s "picked up". 

"i/very noble work is at first impossible." 

"People uo not lacic strength, they lack will." 

"I never offeree, my opinion 'till I sixty", saiu the o±^ Turk, 

"and then it was one which haa been in our family lor a century." 

With this kino of philosophy and history surrounding him, 'William 
is indeed a fortunate boy. 'The "Vilxager", however, is lor tuna te in 
having William. 


Sunday, August 9, 1942 Rain 

A dear little family of mother father and three children arrived 
at the Inn about the middle of the morning. They were dressed in 
rainy day togs, old coats and rubbers. But underneath the dark outer- 
garments, gay cotton dresses and snowy white skirts appeared; spic span 
clean and with a strong suggestion of being home made. Mother's dress 
and that of the older girl were alike. "Yes, Mother made them," ans- 
wered Janice politely to our rather personal question. Janice is about 
six years old and she is to be a new-comer at the Mary iamb bchool when 
it opens in September. Brother Carl - youngest member of the Burland 
family - will also come to the little red school house. The Bur lands' 
haven't lived in Sudbury very long so are just now getting acquainted 
with their new surroundings, more particularly the Wayside Inn which 
will, in time, come to mean a great deal to them. In later years Janice 
and Carl will be proud of their early school association with this 
historic place. 

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Davis, married in 1892, spent their 50th an- 
niversary here today. They were surrounded by children and grand- 
children. The party numbered fifteen. Mr. Davis has spent all his 
life in Hudson, Mass., working in one shop for ^2 years out of the fifty. 

Monday, August 10, 1942 Pleasant 

"This is one of the old American jewels", said a young student as he 
stood in the Bar room this evening. He was, of course, referring to the 
Inn and then he likened the house to the crown jewels or England. "Eng- 
land has its crown jewels," he said. "America has this kind of jewels." 
Following this remark an interesting discussion ensued with a fellow stu- 
dent. "I wonder if modern glass houses will become as interesting in a 
hundred years as this house has become in the course of a century? Will 
features of the present glass house be considered as good?" asked student 
No. I. Student No. 2 was prompt in his reply. "No, never. Just look 
at that fireplace, the mantle, the panelling - it's a work of art. 
Never can the feeling of restfulness and warmth which this fireplace 
affords, be duplicated. Others joined the twosome and soon the hostess 
was bombarded with questions. "When was the house built. Is it really 
two hundred and fifty-six years olu? Did longfellow live here? answers 
to these questions were given in a ae tailed tour ox the house, uirected 
by the hostess, after which loud hand clapping was heard from the direc- 
tion of the parlor. About thirty students from the Harvard Summer bchool 
were the guests who had so thoroughly enjoyed the Inn following dinner 
served on the Porch. 

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Tuesday, August 11, 1942 Giouay 

It gives us a greau deal oi pleasure to have ^eo^xe come to 
"spend the day." It's an olu fashioned way of visiting, seeing 
your friends. So we were delighteu to have Mrs. ixLi<sabeth Gum- 
ming s from Dearborn bring her sister, a friend and daughter-in-law 
to" spend the day" today. They came in time for lunheon and stayed 
for supper. After luncheon chairs were drawn around a table in the 
old. dining room, iimma came up from the kitchen, Miss Staples took 
time off from the front 01 the house ana an enjoyable hour of "visitin b " 
followed. Then ivirs. Camming s ana her frienas were shown through the 
house. They wrote post cards to their friends, they watched the after- 
noon guests as they came ana went ana iinalxy, when the time came to 
"catch" the bus fjr Worcester they were reluctant to leave. We hope 
very much that Mrs. Cummings and her family will "spend the aay" with 
us every year when vacation time comes around. 

V.eanesday, August 12, 1942 Partly Cloudy 

A briSK walk was taken this morning by two 6 uests who arrived early 
on the bus. Wow ordinarily a walK ana two bus guests would not ex- 
cite unusual interest. But these particular guests had risen at 6 
o'clock, taken the bus from Paric Square, Boston, at 7 o'clock ana 
arrived at the Inn at d o'clock, without having had a bite to eatl 
Then they started out on a waltc to "get up" an appetite I Alter a 
leisurely breakfast with the morning sun ana green trees surrounding 
them on the Porch, this couple were shown through the house. They toxa 
of a promise made ten years ago when reaoing a description of the Inn 
by Hamlin Garland - that if ever they were in Boston they wouiu come 
to the Waysiae Inn. at il o'clock they were still here. Last seen 
they were walking near the old barn. 

"Across the roaa the barns display 
Their rows of stalls, their mows of hay." 

...a copy o£ the "Tales of a Yi'ayside Inn" tucked under an appreciative arm. 

Thursday, August 13, 194<^ Rain 

Sitting on the settle in the bar room after dinner this evenin^, was 
a woman oi about miauxe age. She was lovely to look at - smiling and 
happy. But she couldn't talk well; had great difficulty in making us 
understand what she wanted to say. And she couldn't walx easily. 
Nevertheless she thoroughly enjoyed her friends and every word of the 
conversation. She tried to repeat to her friends what the hostess 
had said about various things in the room. »»hen leaving she expressea 

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Thursday, August 13, 1942 (continued) 

great pleasure in being here. She was helped into a waiting automobile, 
before starting, however, one oi the party rushed bade to the hostess, 
took her aside anu explained her friend's conuition. "Thrombosis fol- 
lowing aii operation", she said. 

Cameron Beck passed his identification card over the bar this noon 
when orderin 6 luncheon. He is a lecturer. Also a Vocational and Indus- 
trial Relations Consultant. His address is the R. K. 0. building, 
Rockefeller Centre, New York. 

A young woman of about twenty years reacheu the Inn by bicycle this 
morning and tola us that she hau pedalleu. here from Belmont, Mass. Her 
hoiue and vorK are in Indiana. This year her vacation has been spent 
via buses ana bicycles. She has been to Virginia and 'Washington, D. C. 
and is now visiting friends in Belmont. 

Friday, August 14, 194<- Cloudy 

Lately the homeii/ce atmosphere of the Inn has seemed more pronounced. 
It has always been here - the hominess of open fires, the cosiness of 
low ceiled rooms and quaint thin walls. But four walls do not make a 
home. What, then, gives to the Inn, a ^ubiic house, this aspect of a 
home? We say it is the guests, the quests themselves create the kind of 
atmosphere found here. Think of the little family on bund ay; the chil- 
dren who will always associate the Inn with their early life. Then 
picture j-iizabeth and Mima sitting together chatting lor nearly an hour. 
Remember the invalid anu her friend comin & bacK to explain the operation, 
etc. And a soldier last night bringing his wife to see the Inn before he 
left for parts unknown. All these are glimpses of friendliness and genuine 
love for the Inn. Day after day in a hundred little wa,ys - oy word or 
deeu - the guests regard the Inn as a home* They are responsible for 
its home-like atmosphere. Perhaps not they alone - there are other con- 
tributing causes - but their share is .Large and in the final analysis 
what would the four walls be without them? 

Saturday, August 15, 1942 Pleasant 

Thoughtful Longfellow 

Once when Longfellow was visiting Browning, the two poets went for a 
ride in a hansom cab. Presently a shower came on. as the uownpour in- 
creased Browning found his companion growing fidgety and abstracted, and 
it was only with difficulty that he was able to hold Longfellow's at- 
tention to the subject they were uiscussing. 

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Saturday, August 15, ±942 (continued) 

At length Longfellow stopped the cab, pushed open the trap in the 
top of tne conveyance, and thrust up an umbrella to the driver. Then, 
v/ith mind once ^ore free, Longfellow turned to browning and said, "Par- 
don the interruption. And now what were we talking about?" 
from the Christian Science Minitor 


Sunday, aigust 16, 1942 Ver„ 

Our usuax Sundi } kling - ^ y unifoi Among our 

tests, Captains n Pritcha , „»u have been stjidying 
rilla warfare at Middlesex bchool i ?b} Concord, un — 
British Colonel, and on the ground of the Revolutionary battle, 
luenting on the anomaly oi this sit ; itchard toiu us of 
the following postscript Capt. Kennard had aaaed in a letter to his 
wife - "1775 - 1942. A Colonel oi British commandos instructi] 
American soldiers in sight of Concord Bridge. 1 * 

Dr. Waiter Sharp and Mrs. Sharp of the Henry Tord Hospital di 
here toaa., . 

Monday, August 17, 1942 Verj irm- 

Uur interesting incident for today developed from th effort, and 
taught us the uses of the goffering iron, "to plait, crimp or flute." 
It seems that our ^uest, Mrs. Frederick Lindo, cleaning out her 
attic ana collecting scrap metal in the interest oi defense, but 
she found her mother's goffering iron she did not the heart to 
it, and to presented it to the Wayside Inn. She had often, as a child, 
Hatched her mother use it for fluting. Mrs. Lindo' s mother ..- 
cousin of Pres. McKinley. The goffer iron has two patterned, hoi 
orass cylinders into which are fittea iron tuoes. The tubes would be 
heatea ana then inserted in the cylinders p the material to be fluted 
insertea between the cylinders, ana the fluting aone by 'turning a 
crank handle. The iron is dated 1875- 

Tuesday, Au b ust 13, 1942 Pleasant 

Off and on Hollywood Tinas its j to the Inn. Todaj in the person 
oi Carol bruce, recently arrived in tl> - Tor some personal appear- 
s, just a wisp of a girl, so pretty and so enthusiastic about the 
old house. Coming soon a^ain she sa^s. We are told by guests that 
il has a Tine voice and dn individual v.a,, of singing. 

inesday, August 19, 1942 

V.'e received today from Mrs. Alice Graham Mitchell, who vas formerly 
employed in the Inn office, an attractive picture oi the Inn in color 
which appe I -a in a recent catL-io ue issued b> Lu ber concern. 


Thursday, August <~j, 194-2 Pleasant 

Toua^ the news headlines indicated a drastic change for the better 
in War conditions.. This cheerii . , was reflected on the faces of 
the guests, ana there seemed to be more people out than usual. Every- 
one was smiling. Possibly it was because our marines have invaded 
the shores of France for the first time in this second World /.ar. 

Peter and John Kozok:, soiuier ana sailor respectively, and recent 
graduates of aur Boys behoof, returneu lor a day's visit with us while 
on furlough. 

A sad-eyed young man was entertained at .ranch by two elaerlj ^aaies. 
The latter tola the nostess that the young man was on a furlough, 
waiting to De sent across, but that he is worried about his mother in 
Texas who is bee blind ana is not, expectea to live much longer. 
In fact he feels he won't see her again. 

Friday, ^u^ust 21, 1942 cm and Pleasant 

Lss iriscilia Staples is in the framing nam Hospital and today unaer- 
went an operation for appendicitis. We have had the report that she is 
doing fairly well. 

The guest book toua^ was signea bj Michel Givson ana living Schwerke 
of Paris, France - just returnea to the Unitea Staves after living in 
France for twenty years. 

A woman who haa been invited to see the old Kitchen exciaimeu tiiat 
she expected to see a great, big old-fashioned stove. 

Saturuay, August 22, 1942 Very warm 

a £,uest allowed us a glimpse of her cop,, of "Tarry-at-Kome Travels" 
by Edward ^verett Hale, written in 1905. The boo*, has a picture of 
Inn, ana an unusual youthful picture of Longfellow. In this dook Mr. 
Haie auvises his readers to visit these many nearby places. If possible, 
to ^,o oy yacht (preferably a friend's yacht ) oy train, or by any horse 
n vehicle, but "as for the automobile, never." 


Sunaay, August 23, 1942 Very warm 

Hollywood again i'ound its way to the Inn in the persons of 
Conrad Nagel and Carol Brace. Carol was our ^uest last wee* ana 
liiced it so well that she returned todaj with her mother and Mr. 

Mr. Nagel is now appearing at the Plymouth Theatre in Boston 
in "The Moon is Down" from the book by John Steinbeck. 

Monday, Au ust 24, 1942 Fair and cool 

We have been reading the recent publication of Esther iorbes 
"Paul Revere ana the World He .Lived In," ana find her reference to 
the famous ride so beautifully put ana timely that we wouiu liice 
to keep the following excerpt for our diary. John parkin, one of 
the wealthiest citizens of Charles town loanea his best horse for 
that riae - years later Paul Revere gratefully remembered how gpod 
'how very good, was this parkin horse.' It would be slenaer ana 
nervous in the Yankee manner, smaii by modern standards, surefooted, 
tireless - "So away down the moonlit road, Paul Revere and the 
Larkin horse galloping into history, art, eaitorials, 1'olkiore, 
poetry; the beat oi" those hooves never to De lorgotten. Theman 
his bold, dark face bent, his hands light on the reins, his boay 
givin 6 to the flowing rhythm beneath him, becoming as it were 
something greater than himself - not merely one man riding one 
horse on a certain lonely ni^ht oi" long ago, but a symbol to which 
his country men can yet turn. Paul Revere haa startea on a riae 
which, in a way, has never endea." 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Toulmin of Monterey, California, ana Reno, 
Nevaaa, spent a lew days with us and we learned that Mrs. Toulmin is 
a descendant oi' that John Larkin. Later ancestor mbenezer LarKin 
purchased Paul Revere 's silver shop on Corn Hill, Boion, Tor a boo*c 

One of the Toulmin homes is the Thomas Jliver LarKin House of 
Monterey, California, Duilt when Thomas Diiver Larkin went to Cali- 
fornia as Uonsul, the only U. S. oonsui to California. He was sent 
Presiaent Monroe to brin bajLiiorniu into the Union. ..hen General 
Sherman went to California in 13J4 with the u. S. ^rmy a house was 
built Tor his headquarters in the Larkin garden. These historic 
houses are still open to guests - the tradition oj. the Oliver Larkin 

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KiAlSiULi INfcl L>] 

Monday, ^ugust <d4, 1942 (continued) 

house being never to turn a guest away ana always to serve him a 
glass oi sherry. 

Eight Larkin brothers signed the resolution against tea taxa- 
tion, another ancestor built £>carborou„n oastle in oavannah, ueor^ia, 
now a school i'or colored children. 

Lit. Toulmin's sister is Lady Carb&rj of Ireland who has recently 
published a boox, "Happy World." The English home oi' his great- 
grandfather, John Moris, was purchased by uisraeii. 

Tuesday, August 25, 1942 Clear and coxd 

ihe early morning temperature here was 40. 

The Boston Bus stopped today ano a very slender old lady walked 
up the path gazing rapturously at the house. When the ooor was 
opened i'or her she said, "I have actually seen Longfell ide 
Inn; no xet me in to see the parlor and the 'sombre exec*..' bhe is 
Rachel Lowry oi' Pennsylvania, enjoying a tour of the historic places 
of Boston and vicinity. Bhe had been to Concord and xexington. Her 
attitude and conversation seemed to denote that her tour had been 
success and a fulfillment of a long anticipated desire. 

Wednesday, Au u^t 26, 1942 Fair and continued cold 

Very encouraging reports oi Miss staples from the hospital. 

Mr. h. u. Taylor arrived to spend a few days with us. 

^uest remarking on the pewter made in various countries toxd of 
a complete set of pewter in the British Museum which was found as he 
expressed it, in some "wildish" place when escavating. It maj have 
belonged to the ancieit Romans. It was all xaid out as if for a meal 
when apparently some catastrophe occurred. The clearing up of that 
meal was made by the excavators and the pewter dishes plaoed in the 
British Museum. 

Thursday, Au b ust 27, IS Fair 

A luncheon group today, the ivxecutive Committee - Trustees of 
Mass. State College. The President, oi the Committee, Col. Nathaniel 
Bowditch, our friend and neighbor. 

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Thursday, August 27, 1942 (continued) 

Kev. and Mrs. Clapp came in the evening just to see the house. 
Mr. Clapp is Uhaplain at uoncord Keformatory - ivirs. Clapp is an 
organist. In the parlor the,> engaged in friendly conversation with 
the hostess and other guests, including Mr. >.. ;,. Taylor. Mrs. 
Clapp tola of havin^ made a collection of bells - small brass bells, 
made in China anu lor the most part purchased at the ten cent stores. 
She has 23 bells selected Tor their tone, wherever she saw these 
bells i'or sale, she approached the manager and as&ea if she coulu see 
his complete stock. Usually she was shown to a basement storeroom, 
and tried out a bin oi bells to choose the proper tones. She had with 
her 13 bells - a complete C sharp scale, xist she played "^a ioi&s 
at Home," then "America" then she passed the bells out to the group 
and under her direction they repeated "America". Mr. Taylor rang his 
bells with zest but particularly enjoyed "Nearer My uoa to Thee" 
played by Kev. Clapp on the spinet anu sung by the assembled company. 

Friday, August 28, 194<~ Fair and cold 

Interesting guests Mr. and Mrs. r'errie. Mrs. Ferrie's family 
have a Stradavarifcus once owned by Qle Bull, ohe said it has never 
occurred to her to question the authenticity oi' the violin or its 
history. It is just one 01. the things she has grown up with and ta&en 
for granted. Her grandfather who lirst owned it, was Mr. Tourtellot 
of Dudley, Mass. Not to be outdone in family interest Mr. Terrie said 
there is a statue in Spingiield, Mass. erected to one of his ancestors 
for stealing horses from the Britishi'or ohe use oi' the Colonial army. 
Just a horse thief glorified. 

Saturday, August 29, 1942 Cloudy anu cold 

A guest enthusiastically telling us oi a Irienu wno -i.ives in Salem, 
Mass. the sixth generation to occupy the home. He has many old docu- 
ments and letters. Among them a letter written by an anestor itfio was 
Postmaster General at Washington, containing the following stateent, 
which emphasize g anging orld: ,o get 

back to Salem with the feel oi the plough under my hands and the reins 
across my shoulders. There is more money on the farm than in Washington. 11 

Miss Agnes Costello of Marlboro was married today and a wedding 
reception at the Inn followed the ceremony. The porch, prettily 
decorated with our garden flowers, made a happy settin b for the little 

wayside inn diary 

Sunday, nu ust 30, 1942 Clear anu cola 

;ss H. *>. Oook of Kelley, Haller, r'eacocK. Co., Inc., Detroit, 
was our uirmer 6 uest. \.e expocteu her to spend the night but she had 
other plans. She promised a return visi before returning to Detroit. 

■. Taylor reluctantly left this afternoon. The weather 

'so beautiful and he found the Inn so peaceful he wouia like to 
have tarrieu a while. 

Monday, nugust 31, 19 Clear ah Cool 

Mrs. Sewall i/iorse of Brax,tleboro, Vermont, tola of a chest of 
linens in her family, maue by a great-great O rancuuother of hers, 
wlk> raiseu the flax., spun ana wove the linens. She not only wove 
for her own family but spun anu ware sheets, scarves ana s^reaus lor 
others, as u means oi livelihooa. Mrs. ^e\.all has the book of 
prices she received for her woric. 

Tuosaay, September 1, 1942 .t'air anu Warm 

. ana wirs. ^-. H. Hansen of 'Worcester, i/iass., visit the Inn at 
intervals. Their visit touay, however, seemea somewhat in the nature 
of a pixgrimage. Mrs. Hansen haa recei«a a letter lrjm her brother in 
Norway v.hich io aepressea her that she ana Mr. Hansen aeciued to 
spent the afternoon at the Inn, feelin^ that it has a link with Norw 3 
because 01 Die Hull. These line ^eopxe are American citizens out of 
Norwegian birth and upbringing. Each has relatives living in Nor\ j 
ana keenly feels ana resents the German occupation, mrs. Hansen haa 
written her orjther that she was sending him coffee ana asjceu him to 
let her know what exse she couia sena for his comfort. His reply was, 
"Sena nothingj we yjouIu not receive it. Everything is taken from us." 
The Hansens wondered how this letter ever came througn. ±ne brother, 
who is a xanasca^e garaner lives outsiue 01 Jsxo ana his home adjoins 
one of the homes oi King Hakon. ihe King anu Queen very often 
in their walks stopped at her brother's place, ^ueen iwaua to cliat 
with the laay of the house ana the King to wanaer though the 6 reen- 
houses, so interestea anu as^in^, so many questions, mrs. Hansen sighed as 
she recounteu many incidents of their Norwegian life ana saia "Such 
a peaceful, hap^y people, anu such a gooa King I in the past so in- 
austrious but toua,, they ao nothing." ner brother is one of a few 
who attempts to carry on. He keeps busy as he aoes not want time 
to think. So their visit touay was to uo homage to Norway through 
oiu Hull. They asKeu to see the Ole cull Violin, Mr. Hansen huuimeu 

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Tuesday, September 1, 1942 I continued) 

"La donna e moDixe" lroiu Uie Ole uuii iwteaj ^rs. nanseu copied 
Longfellow's description oi ole cull. She is goin to uave her daughter 
who is a teacher oi' art, ^ut, the woras uown in so^e artistic arran c<. 
to be frameu ana hung iii their home. As she repeated these lines to 
her husband, the words seemed to come axive: 

"b air-haired, D-L.ue-eyea, 

niia ever,, leature oi his iace 
heveaxing his Norwe^i^n race." 
mrs. Hansen said she had oi'ten smiled over a stor,, tola 01 Jie ouii. 

sn, on one oi his concert tours, he was about to xeave Chicago, the 
people decided to give a farewell party ior him ana thought oi making 
it a gathering oi ^caxiainaviun ^co^ics, Jie Bull , hearing oi this, 
peremptorily sent woru that he wom-d not attent unless it were a 

tiering oi Norwe b ian ^eo^le. but after readin i_,on D i'eliow' b _ines, 
with coXiditions as they are toda,, , ttirs. nansen saiu she couxd under- 
stand the attituue of a Norwegian in a distant lana. 

".<eanesuay, September <., 1942 r'air and 

'..hen admiring the parlor ^iuno, ana r^-r^in^ on tne label ".aue for 
licKo^, Oj Babcocic n - a guest ini'ormea us that mcKay was a seaca^tain 
'..ho brou ht the rosewood una mahoguiiy from bouth America and the West 
Indies, nater he conceivua the iaea o^ loa^in^ his shi^ ior the return 
vo^ Lth the completed instrumexits . Later ..icKay formed _ ^'tnershi^ 
with ChicKerin in ^ia.o manufacturing. lie was lost at sea. jur & uest 
said it was not unusual to come u^on a ucKa ; ^iaxio in bouth ^avxeu. 

Thursday, be^te^dex' _, , 1942 Vexy warm - suadei. change to i 

jne ^age ox our guest cook shows that we - ,ors fr 

^enxisylvanib, JCo k state, Illinois, - e, California, jhio, 

r"eari Harbor, hoiioiuiu, ^ioriaa, k.ashin^toxi, jj. c. and of course, - I 
from Massachusetts 

i J risciixa rlttman, eignt years old, ai^u her cousins 
oeverly Giles, of Marj Lam n .. st bchoois, enjoyed th ...-elves 
feedin b crackers ana oread crumbs to the fishes in Jos^ J ona. 

Friday, 6e^tbi..uer <+, 1942 Clo 

Three boys called through the sereeii aoor asking ho J .. it cost 
to see the Inn. '.'."hen invited in the} said the} L r- 

town to see Jo^evh HefJ ., oue oi our school Do^^. 1 v are Nor 
BracKett, John Chaml c2 d -, nd John Drewe. Jne of the bo v ju 
I before ana conuuc . .chars throu u. .._.. 
not tire them too much to tramp around the es 
thin u to be seen. 

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Friday, Set T> 194^ (continued) 

n the kitchen storj being tola and the lit ..jvei 

to Dorrow corns from one's neighbor shown, a s uest ^ave th ini'or- 
mation that tne Blue Wafe Gift Shojj in Kennebun«cpjrt, Maine, hu^ 
little salt shakers re^rouueeu in ^IxVer, in the shape of ihose 
ola coal carriers. 

Saturday, oeptei..oer :?, 194^ Fair .. .rm 

We ".rere sur^x-iseu tout., bj a visit from Corj . pb ., ~ 

to r^aucitc of the Waysiae Inn xioys School in 1934» who, with live other 

schooLnates enlisted in the Coast Artillery severe- moi b ore 

Pearl Harbor. These boys v.ere in trainir Hu±en, Texas, 
then v.ere sent to o, Calif ornj ..., . hin< g an a 

port, has seen aj foreign countries, nnei 
has been around the world - even up to bh 1 bi n Islands. When 

his iuriou^n is up he returns to Foe, Mason, California. Alter 
graduating he stajeu on as Assistant Instructor at th „ hool 

and eveiy one liiceu him. In spit f all his 

has the r oise una ease of manner acquired as sm; bo} here at the 

Inn jLearnin^. the old-fashioned dances. 


Sunday, Sej r 6, IS Sui j irm 

small wedding party here today for dinner. The bride, the 
1 gle, arrived in wedding gown and veil, a pretty 
jnt framed in the doorway of the Inn, igh ppreciated and 

givi .isure to our many uests. 

Monday, Sept. 7, 194-2 Fair and Cola 

Two of the hostesses starting out to visit Hiss bta^le, c : 
Praminghara Hospital, surprised by William Gash - here for the 
wee-end, William joined us, entertaining us with his life in 
Greenwich Village, his work ana ambitions for his paper, the 
Villager. We found Miss Stages well, and anxious to get home 
and back to work, bhe enjoyed seeing William as she ad he were 
great friends during his school day> at Wayside. 

Tuesday, September 8, 1942 Cloudy 

Our house guests, Mr. ana Mrs. John Sergeant Fox of Springhouse, 
Pa., with their children, Sergeant two and a half years ana Barbara 
fourteen months. Mr. and Mrs. Fox were here two years ago with 
Sergeant anu felt they must make a visit with Barbara. Barbara, tired 
after a day of travelling,, expressed her^ dissatisfaction in lusty 
wails. The family occupieu Jerusha an ember of a group enj 3j 
a visit to the old kitchen, hearing the wails, remariceu that it was 
a young souna Tor an ola inn. 

miss Staples houie from the hospital, bappj to be home and feeing 
better every day. 

Wednesday, September 9, 194-2 Rain- morning, Glaring afternoon 

Mr. uc^weeney, who has a chicken farm in oudbury was marriea this 
ai'ternoon in Framingham. The wedding party of 33 came here for the 
reception ana dinner. The bridegroom forgot his hat, a brand nev/ felt 
hat, which we are holding for him. 

A bridge club of lon^, standing had an interesting party which they 
called a Silver bedding. There were seven in the ^ , six of whom 

celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversaries, the severth 
unmarried. They have been friends since girlhood. They brought two fancy 
cakes to make thu party more festive, ana rearkea incidentally that they 
had left their husbands home. 

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Thursday, September 10, 1942 Cloudy 

. Ira iuues came to lunch. Her husband has bought navenswood, 
a lovely estate bordering Mr. word's lanu in budbury. It is the old 
Vi'eeks place, a part oi which was built in 177/+ and another part 
in l<300. The house is full 01: antiques, beds, spinning whels, gate- 
leg tables and there is an oia cider mill on the place. 

rriday, September 11, 19A2 Pair and warm 

We have been enjoying "Happy World", the story of a Victorian ^hildhooa, 
by lady Carhery, sent us by her sister-in-law Mrs. riarry Toulmin, our 
recent overnight guest, a guest in the bar-room picked up ta book and 
read aloud with amusement the Victorian phraseology - the description of 

.randmother. "Perhaps she was back in the past at her home where 
first love was sweet as primroses." Another guest, overhearing, 
asked the reader to repeat it, and as the iords were read, said then; 
over to himself as if memorizing them, «. lew minutes later his wife 
joined him. He seated her beside him on the settle and with a twinkle 
in his eye put his arm arouxid her ana said, "you Jicnow, first love is 
sweet as primroses." The lady looked at him in surprise. He burst 
out laughing then explained to the group that he and his wife were here 
to cexebrate their thirty-sixth wedding anniversary . They are Mr. and 
Mrs. Goddard of Newton Highlands, Mass. While this little scene was 
being carried out in a spirit of fun, the evidence all pointed to a 
long and enduring love between this fine couple, be it sweet as prim- 
roses or sweet with the richness of ali things that are real ana have 

A delightful .Little iaay briskly signed the guest booic and thn 
iniormeo us she had visited the Inn just fifty years ago, ana had not 
been here in the meantime, bhe is Mrs. George mooney of 822 lx illside 
Avenue, Piainfield, N. J. Judging irom her smart sxenaer figure, and 
quicK step, Lhe fifty years have touched her lightly. 

Saturday, September 12, 1942 Cloudy and nain 

Ensign P. L. caaen of Dearborn, Michigan, a former ureeniie_Ld village 
guide, lunched here today with his wile ana a friend, ensign daden is 
stationed at bquantum, mass. 

Ralph Uexagricco hau dinner witli us this evening ana tola us more 
about his experiences as a member oi one ooast artillery «nti-rtircrait. 
He had hoped to get into the air corps, but just as his ap^xiation 
was beh & considered war was declared. Tne age limit is 26 and Ralph 

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Mki^Ld^ uLAtil 

Saturday, September 12, 1942 (continued) 

is near 26 but as his application was made at a proper time and the 
need of traineu soluiers sent him back to camp he may yet make it. 
Ralph has had a unique experience since he was with the liBt group 
oi' American soluiers to land in New Zealand and also one of the first 
army gunners to man guns on a transport. The Navy haci to call on the 
Army as there was a shortage oi sailors. 

Virginia Rostrum, the daughter of a ioriaer Wayside Inn employee, 
is to be married tomorrow ana Ralph Deiagricco has obtained an exten- 
sion oi' leave to attend the wedding. Some oi the white flowers from 
Wayside Inn garden are to be used lor decorating the church for the 

September 13 - 19, 1942 

Sunday, September 13, 1942 Fair and Warmer 

Ralph Delagrieco here again this morning to say- 
goodbye. Rather a hard thing for those who have known him 
well, as a furlough these days pressages going into dangerour^ 
zones. Ralph has developed into a splendid man, one of whom 
the school may be justly proud. 

Monday, September 14-, 1942 Fair and Warm 

A dinner party of five, our frequent guest Mr Williams 
of Holliston and his office force. We have known ^r Williams 
so long, but just tonight he told us something of his life. 
He was brought up in a small town; sold papers at six years of 
age. His father bought him but one suit of clothes after that 
as he earned his own right thuough his school years. At 
eleven he had a paper route of twelve miles and walked it. 
Later when teaching Sunday School he promised his class a good 
dinner at his father's home if they would walk the distance 
to it, twenty-one miles. Out of thirty boys all but one 
walked it. Mr Williams is- now a healthy, ruddy cheeked man 
in his fifties and apparently a successful one. He owns a 
small shoe factory, a factory for steel parts and an antique 
shop at Falmouth, Mass. which he claims if the best on the 
Cape. He is planning to build a pioneer village at Falmouth 
after the war. 

Tuesday, September 15, 194-2 Clear and Warm 

Our visitors today, Mr and Mrs E. A. Buthmann of 
Lawrence, Mass. with Mr W. H. wieland. It was a pleasure 
to take Mrs Buthmann through the house. She was so apprecia- 
tive and had such a knowledge of Longfellow. One reason 
for her great love and loyalty to Longfellow, as a poet and 
a man, is, as she expressed it, the honor of having been 
born on the day he died. She has looked upon him as a guide 
through life. She signed the guest book - H e iene Victor 
Buthmann (born on the day henry Longfellow died) . 

Wednesday, September 16, 1942 Cloudy and Cool 

The individual tragedy of the war touched us today 
when Mr and Mrs Sheldon G Stirling of N e w Haven, Conn, our 
house guests, told us of their vacation with their sons. 

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Both sons are in army camps, one in Colorado and one in St Louis, 
The Stirlings spent a happy week in Colorado with one son and 
then came on to St Louis to visit the other. At the end of 
their second happy week the son asked them to drive his car 
home for him and also gave them some of his personal belongings 
to take home. This made them feel that he was being sent over 
seas. ^r Stirling told us what a wonderful vacation they had 
had and how they kept up before the boy in St Louis and did 
not let him know that they suspected his going. He proudly 
exhibited pictures of his sons - then suddenly broke down 
and sobbed convulsively saying he had the feeling he would 
never see his younger boy again. It is a terrible thing to 
see a strong man break down. 

Thursday, September 17, 194-2 Very warm 

The Worcester Gazette informs us that Miss Barbara 
Brown, a former teacher at Mary Lamb School, is a member of 
the Waves, the first from Marlboro. She is to be trained at 
Smith College. She has been teaching in the Boston Public 
Schools . 

Friday, September 18, 194-2 Very warm 

The expression "In the old days" has a varied 
significance according to one's age and point of view. We 
have often smiled at boys and girls of college age speaking 
of some incident in their grandmother's life way back in 
1900. Usually in response to some statement made by a 
hostess with 1650 to 1850 in mind. To five year old 
Ralph Sennott, jr. the old days mean his mother's youth. 
With the background of a week's education at Mary Lamb 
School he has acquired an interest in the household things 
of bygone days, so joined a group going through the old 
kitchen. The hostess noticed how intensely he was listening 
so attempted to tell the story clearly for him. When we 
came to the butter chrun she said, "In the old days each 
family had a farm of its own with horses, pigs and cows. 
They milked the cowb and saved some of the cream to make 
their own butter. The hostess proceeded to explain the 
use of the churn for that purpose. Ralph spoke up and 
said "I dont think my mother did that. In the old days 
she lived in Cambridge." 

Saturday, September 19, 1942 Very warm 

Miss Barbara M or ton, a graduate of our Southwest 
School, was married today to Mr Clifford C. Dunham in 
the Martha-Mary Chapel by the Rev. S. Paul Jefferson of 


Framingham. A reception at the Inn followd the ceremony. The 
wedding was carried out with an appealing simplicity. Barbara 
wore her Mother's wedding gown of satin striped mulle. Our 
garden flowers decorated the Inn. The Framingham News has 
published a charming picture of the bride and groom cutting 
their wedding cake. 


Week of September 20 - 26, 1942 

Sunday, Sept. 20, 194-2 Cloudy and Cool 

Mrs H e nry Daniels and her daughter, Susan Daniels, 
of Great Barrington, R. I. have been with us agin today. 
Susan greatly admired the old Windsor writing chair in the 
bar room - spoke of its comfort as well as utility and 
remarked that it would be good for the "Uprooting System". 
The hostess enquired what she meant by the uprooting 
system. She explained that the trend toward progressive 
education called for the uprooting of rows of school desks 
and chairs and the placing of them in a more informal way - 
more in line with the idea of the round table. Rather an 
enomaly that this very old chair should better meet the 
need of progressive education. 

Monday, S e pt. 21, 1942 Cloudy and Cold, 

Mrs HiHiard of Way land sponsored a dinner for 
their neighborhood club. Sixteen met in the old kitchen 
for dinner, and judging from the laughter and good natured 
railery the meeting of the club was a success. 

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1942 Cloudy and Cold. 

We had an interesting visit from a Mrs Milton Porter 
of Boston. She came by bus. She has been earning her 
living by making dolls and selling them. Some of her dolls 
are characters from story books - made so they stand by 
themselves; they have hand-painted faces, the Mary and her 
lamb doll being particularly appealing. Then she has a 
series of herb and flower dolls — suggested by a book 
by Ethel Singleton - "Shakespeare's Garden", in which are 
collected Shakespear's references to herbs and flowers. 
And of course there were some patriotic dolls in red, white 
and blue called Victory and Freedom, She read quite a 
few quotations from "Shakespeare's Garden" which appealed 
to us, some of which we have put down. 

"Rosemary gives happiness to those who use 
it and worn on the person it was throught 
to strengthen the memory and make the wearer 
successful in everything." 

"A spring of rosemary I give to speak of 
all the past." 

"Thyme made the bed of Mary in the stable 
that Christmas." 

"Mint is dedicated to Venus and the Virgin." 
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Week of September 20-26, 1942 


"A Nosegay for the blind is a posie of fragrant 
herbs. Southernwood, balm, mint, rosemary may 
awaken precious memories in those who cannot 

"Mint was a good posie for students to smell 
of because it quickens the brain." 

"Lavender signifies undying love and devotion." 

Mrs Porter is able to purchase most of these 
herbs and fragrances at Cheney's u ld Drug Store near 
Faneuil Hall. She carries out the dressing of the dolls 
to the Minutest detail, the clothing following the 
flower colorings and the doll carrying a basket of that 
flower fragrance. 

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 194-2 Fair and 

It seems as if every time we glance through 
the window we see the trailer truck coming down from our 
apple orchard on ^obscot Hill. This must be apple year. 
Everything now centers around apple picking and the 
future to us just now means after the apples are picked. 

Thursday, Sept. 24-, 194-2 Fair and Warm 

Six Cowley Fathers visited today - Rev. Oliver 
B. Dale, Brother Alfred, Brother Frecerick, Rev. Sydney C. 
Tuttle, Brother Francis and Brother "erbert. They had 
come to Sudbury to attend the funeral services of 
Ralph Adams Cram, one of the world's famous architects 
and the desiner of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 
New York and of the Military Academy at West Point and at 
Princeton University. The Rev. Oliver Dale had officiated 
at the Requiem Mass at the Church of St John the Evangelist, 
Boston and he with the other Cowley Fathers had come to 
Sudbury to attend the private burial service at the Cram 
estate in Sudbury "Whitehall" which has a urivate chapel. 
Mr Cram had designed the chapel for Cowley Fathers on 
Memorial Drive, Cambridge, Mass. 

Bishop Oxnam also dined here today, 
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Week of September 20 - 26, 1942 


Friday, Sept. 25, 194-2 Fair and V arm 

Mr Walter B. Cram was here today to tune the 
piano?. Mr Cram's great uncle, L. 0. Grover, made violins 
He made the last one Ole Bull used in his concerts. Ole 
Bull went to his shop every day for a year and watched him 
work on his violin. It was willed back to Mr Gover 
and may be in the collection of violins which Mr Grover 
willed to Smith College. 

Saturday, S e pt. 26, 1942 Clear and Cold 

The Rice Family had their annual reunion hert 
today. Sixty-seven attended not so large a number as usual 
owing they thought to the gas rationing. ' The registration 
was at eleven o'clock - luncheon at one. This arrangement 
gave time for old friends to meet informally. After 
luncheon a business meeting was held in the large ball room. 
As always they claimed on leaving it was the best time ever. 

aai^iDi im DIARY 

Sunday, September 27, 1942 Fair ana warm 

Mr. ana Mrs. Norman Howe of 7 nUUawood Avenue, Led- 
ham dinea here today. Mr. Howe had never thought much of his 
family geneology until recently when he inherited two old bibles. 
He brought them to the Inn to see if he could establish a con- 
nection between his family ana the Inn Howes. He founa that the 
recoras of his bible tiea up with recoras in the Inn Howe bible. 
The entries in his bibles being much earlier than ours. There are 
entries of Jerusha Howes and Parmenters in the seventeen hund- 
reds. One of his bibles was printed in Edinborough in 1756; the 
other in Boston in 1820. 

Monday, September 28, 1942 Clear and Cola 

Mrs. Fraruc Ryan here to arrange a Oinner party, she 
said she had oeen here years ago on a Thanksgiving Day. The one 
thing she remembered was the old cradle in the Washington Bed- 
room. This she remembered particularly because she wanted to get 
into it when no one was looking. She succeedeu but had to get in 
and out quicicly because there were so many people about. Thus 
do the sins of the past leave a lasting impression. 

Tuesday, September 29, 1942 Clear and Cold 

A soldier of stately bearing stepped into the Inn 
today. He was greetea with enthusiasm in every aepartment. He 
is John La Brie who was employed at the Inn during the summers 
of his college years. He is now a First Lieutenant in the Army 
Air Corps and was on his way to Miami, Florida. His sister was 
one of the first pupils of Mary Lamb School; is now a graduate 
of the Leslie School of Teaching, but has accepted a position 
at the Army Base in Boston. She is in the group picture in the 
Mary Lamb Book with Mr. and Mrs. Ford, and is the little girl 
directly to the left of Mrs. Ford. 

Wednesday, September 30, 1942 Clear and Cold 

Quite a frost last night which laid low our gar- 
den flowers. That which was a riot of color, red salvia, varied 
colored zinnias, white ana purple cosmos, presentea just Orooping 
blackened stalks after the temperature of 24 aegrees. 

Thursday, October 1, 1942 Clear and Cool 

Our guests were recently entertained by the al- 
ways pleasing spectacle of the Millwood Hunt. They started from 
the Inn, leaving the dogs free on the path just outside our door. 
A beautiful sight to see the horses follow and take the jump 
near the Mary Lamb School. 


Thursday, October 1, l942(cont) 

A dinner party celebrating a first wedding an- 
niversary was given by Lieut. E.S. Korb and his wife to eight of 
their friends. The old Kitchen was decorated with some of the 
first autumn leaves. The candle light and bowl of shiny red ap- 
ples ana the young faces grouped around the table made a pretty 

Friday, October 2, 1942 Clear sunshiny weather 

Just a tang of fall to bring a touch of color 
to the cheeks of our school children as they troup in for their 
first dancing class of the school year. The older ones with the 
assurance of past experience and the tots with some trepidation. 
We renew our acquaintance with the school teachers and feel that 
summer has really gone and a new school year is well on its way. 
The guests, as usual, thrilled by the steps or the old-fashioned 
dances taken by these six year old feet and taken well af tar a 
half hour's instruction. The newcomers this year in the iirst 
grade are: Edith Gross, Ray Fay, Edmund Brown, Raymond Hooper 
and Ralph Sennott. 

Saturday, October 3, 1942 

Two Framingham Normal School girls taking notes 
as they are to give chapel talks on the Wayside Inn. They in- 
formed us that the symbol of the National Home Economics Society 
is a betty lamp. At one of their meetings a brass reproduction 
was presented to the president. 

Week of October A - 10, 1942 

Sunday, October 4, 194-2 Fair and Warm 

Quite a number of guests enjoying the Inn and 
the grounds. The house decorated with alder berries and 
so many of the guests exclaiming "See the holly so early 
in the season . " 

Pretty Miss Garfield here looking forward to 
her wedding in the Chapel Octoher 24th, and studying 
the dining room to plan for her reception. And an 
adorable little boy, perhaps eight years of age, 
speaking out with pride in a large group in the parlor, 
when Paul Revere ' s Ride was mentioned as the Landlord ' s 
Tale - "I love that poem because my name is Paul and I 
was born on the 19th of April." 

Monday, October 5, 1942 Fair and Warm 

The comradery which exists among the men in 
the service of the United Nations was demonstrated today 
when our guest Flight Lieutenant Donal Murnaghan, RCAF., 
Canada and our own James Poulos, a Wayside Inn Boys 
School graduate of 1939, met in the bar room. James 
has been in Texas for about a year and is a corporal in 
the Tank Demolition Force. FFT Lt. Murnaghan in the 
stone blue uniform and James Poulos in khaki. The 
Lieutenant approached James and extended his hand with 
the remark that they were in mutual callings. Remember- 
ing little Jimmie Poulos there was a satisfaction in 
seeing a tall, well groomed khaki clad man of the world 
greeting, with ease and fellowship the Canadian Lieutenant. 

Tuesday, October 6, 1942 Fair and V.'arm 

Olaf Kristyan Andersen of Hammerfest, Norway 
was entertained here at dinner by Mr Theodore Johnson, 
one of our frequent guests. Olaf is a fine looking, 
sturdy fellow of nineteen. He with three friends, 
escaped from Norway to Iceland in a sailboat. He is 


Week of October U - 10, 1942 

now an anti aircraft gunner in the merchant marine 
and has been to Scotland and Africa. He felt quite 
at home at the Inn, having a knowledge of Ole Bull 
and of the Musician's Tale, the Sage of King Olaf" 
his namesake. Hammerfest, his home town is at the 
tioend of Norway, not far from Murmansk. H e spoke 
of their very long winters, sometimes only three 
hours of daylight. And so the sheltering walls 
of the old Inn have heard another sagey and Long- 
fellow' s own words from the Sageu of King Olaf could 
be used in describing the perilous escape from 
Norway of Olaf Kristyian Andersen ^ 

Through the midnight sailing, sailing 
Listening to the wild wind's wailing 
And the dashing of the foam. 

Through the mountains and morasses 
To the home of Hakon, old. 

Wednesday, October 7, 194.2 Fair and Cool 

A typical October day, brilliant sunshine, 
an autumn crispness to the air, the leaves beginning 
to flaunt their colors, and after sundown the bar room 
fire, necessary for warmth, but accenting the charm 
of the autumn twilight. Then our night watchman, 
Henry de Bairos, stepping in with a story that so 
fitted the setting. On one of the woodland roads 
on the estate he had come upon a doe. He stopped 
to watch her and she was presently joined first by 
one faun and then another. She stood patiently 
while the fauns had their evening meal and then 
majestically stalked into the woodland with her 
fauns following her. Henry said he had often come 
u-;on deer but in his long experience riding the 
roads here he had never before seen a doe feeding 
her fauns. 

Thursday, October 8, 1942 Fair and Warm 

We received in the mail several more 
copies of the pamphlet, "Patriotism" from our very 
good friend, Mr John Whittemore. Mr Whittemore 
aptly expressed himself in the accompanying note 

Vreek of October 4-10, 1942 

as follows "I thought Patriotism was pretty badly- 
fingered so an sending replacements." The pamphlet 
we are glad to say was badly fingered - so many 
had read it. Numbers have inquired where it 
could be obtained. We recall one boy of thirteen 
years who so appreciated it that he begged us to 
sell him the soiled copy. 

Friday, October 9, 1942 Fair and 

Rather an interesting watch was shown 
to us by a guest, Mr Bacon. The watch is an open 
face silver one with a sweep second hand. It is 
eighty years old and belonged to a famous horseman 
who owned Greenwood Miss, a trotting horse, and one 
of the greatest racers. The case is heavily engraved, 
depicting on the outside St George and the Dragon, 
patron saint of horsemen, and on the inside a galleon 
tossing on a stormy sea, under which is inscribed in 
Latin, "Security in time of tempest." The races 
of course, would be the times of tempest for the 
former owner. Mr Bacon, who used to visit the 
Inn in Mr Lemon's time, amused us with anecdotes 
of that landlord. When told that many people still 
come to the Inn who frequented it in Mr Lemon's 
time, he asked what were their remembrances of 
Mr Lemon. The reply was that they all seemed to 
laugh when they mentioned him; they intimated that 
he was rather individualistic, but on the whole 
their remembrances seemed to be kindly. Mr Bacon 
replied "If that is the impression, it must be 
Mr Lemon improving with age, so to speak". Mr 
Bacon also remembers dining here when Graham White 
was a guest, just after White's famous flight to 
Boston Light, He wore what was then a flyer's 
helmet and wore it at dinner. Everyone looked 
at him and every one made the same remark, "just 
think, we have seen a man who has flown." 

Saturday, October 10, 1942 Fair and Cool 

Are we back in the eighteen fifties, the 
hostess asked, as our guest ordered dinner for Mr Ralph 
Emerson. Mr Emerson replied that he regretfully 
confessed to 1942, is not to his knowledge, connected 
with the Emerson, nor is he possessed of abilities 
to even attempt to live up to the name. 

Week of October 11 - 17, 194-2 

Sunday, °ctober 11, 1942 Fair and Warm 

A Miss Roberts came back to visit the Inn, 
and to purchase a few more Mary Lamb Books to be 
sent to England. She was here about a year ago, 
bought a copy and sent it to her boother in England. 
He leaned it to some member of his church and in 
that way the book came to the attention of social 
workers and thus found its way to the children 
of the London slums. It was so much liked and 
appreciated that more were requested and ^iss Roberts 
ordered them from Dearborn. She said her brother 
had written that people were overjoyed to find 
out that the little rhyme they had known all 
their lives really had a definite time and place, 

Monday, u ctober 12, 1942 Cool - Fair 

Guests - M r jmd M rs Albert B Fales of 
Newtonville. %s Fales has been a member of the 
Harvard Women's Club for twenty- six years* They 
have celebrated their 50th and 60th wedding 
anniversaries, have six grandsons in the service 
all in different branches and one grandson- in-lav. 
Great grandmother, grandmother, mother and 
daughter (four generations) were here at the 
Harvard Women's Club luncheon about three years 
ago. They make it a point to come to the Inn 
three or four times a year. Today they came 
by bus. They remind us of our old friends, 
Mr and *rs Gookin. 

Tuesday, October 13, 1942 Clear and Cold 

Mr and Mrs Olney with us to celebrate 
the 48th Anniversary of their wedding. They had 
with them their two sons. Mr ^lney said this 
is all of the family I could get together but I 
have eleven grandchildren. 

Wednesday, u ctober 14, 1942 Cloudy, Cool 

Judge and *rs Clarence E. Miles were 
here overnight. The judge is quite a talker and 

Week of u ctober 11 - 17, 1942 

an interesting one. H e worked for the United States 
Government in the Department of Agriculture as chief 
trial lawyer for thirty-four years, is now retired and 
returning to Maine. H e has read many original legal 
manuscripts of this department and quoted from one: 

"Reserving, however, all white pine fit 
for masting our royal navy." He referred to the wide 
boards in the Bar room floor as king's Fine. On 
leaving the D e pt. of Agriculture he was presented 
with a Hamilton watch inscribed: 

Judge ^iles 
With respect and esteem 
of his associates in 
U. S. D. of Agriculture 

An American 
Lawyer and Gentleman. 
The Judge, who has Indian blood in his veins, gave 
us information about one of our pieces of flint. 
We knew it was an arrow head but he told us this 
particular one was for shooting fish. 

Thursday, u ctober 15, 1942 Fair and Warm 

Today's papers inform us of the death of 
Mr Edward Prescott ^mon, son of the former landlord 
of the Inn. ^r L em0 n died yesterday at his home in 
Arlington, Massachusetts. 

Friday, October 16, 194-2 Fair and Cool 

Recently we had an interesting group, 
fifteen nurses of the graduating class of Framingham 
Union Hospital, with their superintendent, Miss 
Humphries. It is the custom for the graduating 
classes to have a dance but this group had to 
forego it because of no men in these war times. 
Miss Humphries brought them here as she wanted 
them to have something else besides just a dinner. 
These girls have been together for three years 
and now most of them are going into the service. 
Each girl wore an orchid from Butterworth ' s and 
all joined in the singing at the table. 

And Anthony Przada, a seaman in the 
Coast Guard, was here with his wife for luncheon. 
He had attended the Wayside Inn Boys School. 


Week of October 11-17, 1942 

Saturday, October 17, 1942 Fair and Warm 

On this bright October day we needed no special 
entertainment for our guests. They were enchanted with 
the glorious beauty of the out-of-doors. The foliage is 
exceptionally brilliant this year because of the early 
frost turning the leaves before they had faded. Guests 
were more inclined to sit on the porch enjoying the sun 
or to stroll about the grounds rather than remain inthe 
Inn and all exclaiming at the beauty of the countryside. 
And into this scene galloped the Millwood Hunt. First, 
a lone horseman trailing the scent* Then the others 
following with the pack and taking the jump just back 
of the barn and galloping across the field toward the 

Our friend of longstanding, Mrs M e ade, *as 
in the group watching the riders. She has been gradu- 
ally losing her eyesight and now can barely see but 
she stood in with the others and as the horseman 
approached she said, "you know, I can hear the hoof 
beats on the road. 11 

Altogether a rery pleasant day. Miss 
Wakefield cycled from Brookline to spend a few 
nights with us. And for overnight *e also had a 
bridal couple, Lieut, end M rs k A Sparrow of 
Wollaston, Mass and Maj. Samuel E. Tromley and 
Lieut s. Nason and ^iller of the 709th M.P.Bri., 
Carcp George Washington, R. I. Then ^r John E. I*yons 
entertained at dinner in the old kitchen for eight. 
A very pleasant gathering. One of the guests, 
Mr Childs said to the hostess "I know just whay 
my wife is going to say when we get home - "we 
must have a party in the old kitchen for our Friends." 

Week of October 13 - 24, 1942 

Sunday, October 18, 1942 Fair and Cool 

On a recent vi3it to the Longfellow home in 
Cambridge one of our hostesses was particularly 
interested to learn that among the distinquished 
people who had visited the home, as guests of Mr. 
Longfellow, was Dom Pedro, Emperor of Brazil. 
Picking up the paper a few days later she read that 
Mrs Berlita Harding, author of "The Phantom Crown" 
from which the motion picture "Juarez" was made, 
lectured on South America where she had recently 
visited. She mentioned that Dom Pedro 11 made a 
tour of Boston, visited Bunker Hill and spent 
some time with the poet Longfellow at his home on 
Brattle Street, Cambridge. This brings to mind 
an interesting anecdote of the Tales of a Wayside 
Inn, which tells that a friend of Longfellow's 
presented Dom Pedro with a copy of "King Robert 
of Sicily," Dom Pedro liked it so well that he 
translated it into Portuguese and sent his 
version to Longfellow. The poet said that he 
had seen eeveral Portuguese translations of the 
poem but that the Emperor's was the best of 
them all. 

Monday, u ctober 19, 1942 Clear - Cold 

The Christian Leader this week has 
several tributes by Fraters to Dr Richard Eddy Sykes, 
a Univeraalist minister and one of the Fraters who 
died October 2, 1942. An alumnus, president and 
President Emeritus of St Lawrence University. One 
writer speaks of the dramatic touch to the Sykes 
Biography - "He was the son of the care-taker of 
the buildings and grounds of St Lawrence University. 
He lived in the college as a boy. In a day of 
stoves he was in and out of the students rooms 
emptying ashes and assisting at janitor's work. 
The American Epic, written about the men who went 
from towpath or flatboat, or log cabin, or 
Tailor's bench to the Whitehouse, was illustrated 
also in the career of Dr. Sykes, the caretaker's 
little son who became the head of the great 
Institution." And so another Frater has 
stepped from the ranks. 

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Tuesday, October 20, 1942 


We have the pictures taken at the recent Chapel 
wedding of Mrs Clifford Coolidge Dunham (Barbara Morton) 

Wednesday, October 21, 1942 

Cloudy - Cold 

In conversation with guests, Mr and Mrs Cole, 
Mrs Cole gave us the information that her father has 
china that belonged to her great grandmother, Mrs Topping. 
The china is white with a gold monogram. Her great 
grandparents left N 9W England and settled in Illinois. 
They purchased the china from an importer and it was 
shipped from Beston by stage for the first part of the 
journey to Illinois. They have a letter relative to 
the china which mentions that the stage stopped at the 
Wayside Inn. Mrs Cole has promised to send a copy of 
this letter. 

Another guest, ^r Wood, who comes here 
frequently overheard this story and entered into 
the conversation. In the subsequent farewells 
Mr Wood asked Mr Cole for his name. "Oh, you can 
remember my name all right" said Mr Cole, "just 
think of Cole and Wood." 

Thursday, October 22, 1942 

Fair - Warm 

Mrs Allen, who dines here frequently, told 
us the story of coming here twenty-five years ago when 
they had no car and traveled by train from Boston 
to the Wayside Inn Station. After their dinner, 
the evening being a beautiful one, they tarried too 

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long on their walk back to the station arriving just in time 
to see the train pull out. There was nothing they could 
do but walk. They had gone about two miles and Mrs Allen 
said her feet had done their utmost when along car 3 topped 
and asked if they wanted a lift. Needless to say they 
accepted. In the course of the journey, Mr Allen,noticing 
with what a flair the driver managed the car, asked him if 
he were in the automobile business. He answered laconically, 
"No - baseball." The next day M r and Mrs Allen recognized 
their good Samaritan and driver from a picture in the 
newspaper. It was Babe Ruth. 

Friday, October 23, 194-2 Fair 

We have read a little sketch on autumn which 
we suspect is from the pen of Dr van Schaick. It is 
entitled "Autumn Shows How Great" and is an analogy of 
the beauty and cruelty of autumn, and the beauty of a 
good and the cruelty ©f a world gone wrong. He speaks 
of the maple turning scarlet and gold, other trees 
with all the browns, the wine colors and the maroons." 
This riot of color against a background made by the dark 
greens of the cedars, the hemlocks, the pines; when the 
apples hang red and butternuts fall. True it is also the 
time of devilish sticky flies, a time when ragweed pollen 
gets in its work - a time when some of the best color 
is on the poisonous, lying, cruel ivy, that crawls on 
its belly like a rattlesnake and climbs a tree like a 
black snake. But, he adds, "not even pollen or ivy and 
snakes and flies can spoil the autumn. Let us rejoice 
and be glad in it for an hour or two - but only an hour 
or two - let us forget the war and the thick-headed 
people who dont like us and breathe deep and then go back 
renewed to smite hip and thigh and put the world right. 
We mustn't weaken, for it is a great life. The autumn 
shows how great." 

Saturday, October 24, 1942 Fair 

A lovely day for a lovely bride, Miss Eleanor 
Garfield, who was married to Yeoman Ferguson in Martha- 
Mary Chapel by the Rev. Leslie Barrett of Sudbury. A 
reception for two hundred at the Inn followed the cere- 
mony. Both the Chapel and the Inn were simply but 

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beautifully decorated. The Chapel with just the green 
of late spreading ferns and pink and white chrysanthemums; 
the windows over the chancel framing a brilliant 
display of autumn leaves from the trees back of the 
Chapel. The fair young bride, golden haired and blue 
eyed, in a quaint square necked ruffled wedding gown, a 
contrast to the dark haired groom in the rough suit of 
a naval seaman. The Garfield wedding was so colorful 
and friendly that it brought together for the evening all 
our house guests - our very old friends, Mr and Mrs Turner, 
their daughton Alta and her friend Una Stackelback of 
Verona, N. I., Mr and i*rs Robert King of New Canaan, 
Conn. Also Mrs Edna Judge, her daughter Betty of 
East Rockaway, L. I. and two college girls from Cambridge, 
June Threewit and Patricia Ross. They all chatted 
in the bar room for a while, meeting our regular Saturday 
visitors, Mr and l*rs Bowker. An interesting item in the 
general conversation was contributed by %t Turner, in 
speaking of the enjoyment the dancing class of the night 
before had given his party. He told of having lived in 
Arizona as a young man where they drove 96 miles to 
attend a dahce. Sometimes they stopped for the night 
but other times drove back in the darkness. On more 
than one occasion they came upon mountain lions which 
added to the eerieness of their ride through the night. 
Later in the evening the young girls of the group 
gathered around the piano in the parlor and played and 
sang. Feeling that they had drifted into an old- 
fashioned mode of entertainment, and enjoying it to 
the full they wanted to carry it out completely so 
asked if v.e had popcorn and a popper. These were supplied 
and the girls took turns shaking the popper over the 
fire, eating the popcorn and finally agreeing that they 
had had a grand time. 

Week of October 25, 1942 

Sunday, °ctober ?5, 1942 

Brilliant autumn sunshine 

Quite a few guests today. Among them three 
British seamen, one from a town near Sudbury, England. 
They crossed on the Queen Mary. 

And we are happy to have the picture^ of 
our j'oung house guest, Alta Turner. The long flaxen 
hair usually hangs below her waist in two braids. Alta 
has grown quite a bit since her first visit to the Inn, 
but she retains her sweetness of face and manner. She 
is growing so rapidly that these are perhaps the last 
little girl pictures we shall have of her. 

M»nday, October 26, 194.2 


Two quests making a very rapid tour of the Inn, 
Mr and Mrs Radcliffe Choate of Arnold, Nebraska. Very 
young; she very pretty. Going through the house hand 
in hand and she volunteering the infonaation that they 

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Week of October 25, 1942 

have been married just fifteen days. When he signed the 
guest book she cautioned him to be sure and *rite it 
Mr and Mrs. 

Tuesday, October 27, 1942 Fair 

Miss Louise Reilley, a missionary aurse, here 
for luncheon. In signing the book Miss Reilley gave 
her address as ttaako*, China, where she had spent several 
years, four of them under Japanese domination. She 
returned to the United States last August on the Gripsholm. 
After spending a few months in Pittsburg to brush up in 
her profession, she will go t© Alaska. She hopes to 
return to China after the war. 

Wednesday, October 28, 1942 

A luncheon party of eight women - a group who 
have been friends for twenty years. Not a club, just 
a group who became acquainted as young married women 
living in the same neighborhood. As time went on and 
their circumstances changed they have moved to different 
licelities, but they have kept up the old friendship 
and meet once or twice a year. 

Thursday, October 29, 1942 Fair 

Some of our very old friends for dinner j 
Mr and Mrs Kuehn, It and Mrs Roberts, Mr and Mrs Prior 
with Grace Davison of the Boston Po?t. Dr and Mrs 
Roberts were entertaining a Chinese boy, who has 
lived in Portland, Maine and who is about to enlist 
in the American Army. H e remembers oil lamps in 
China like our Betty lamps. They burn peanut oil 
and use a wick like a stalk of wheat. 

Friday, October 30, 1942 Tair 

The Way land Unit of the Womens Motor Corps, 
twenty-five in number, met here for dinner. Good 
Housekeeping recently pulished a writeup of General 
George Marshall's home. The writer mentions the 
General's framed mementos, one of which is the place 

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Week of October 25, 1942 

card used at dinner on the oceanic meeting of 
Reosevelt, Churchill, Admiral King and General 
George Marshall. The chosen stanza for that 
card was written nearly a hundred years ago by 
Longfellow on the coast of &aine beause n I prefer 
the seaside to the country, the idea of liberty 
is stronger there." Four lines as good today 
as then: 

"Sail on Union, strong and great! 
Humanity with all its fears, 
With all the hopes cf future years 
Is hanging breathless on thy fate I" 

Saturday, October 31, 1942 

Miss Joan Edwards, singing star of the 
Hit Parade, a dinner guest. 

The snaps of the Millwood Hunt are 
a memento of one of their 19-42 meetings at 
the Inn, but they do not give a fair picture. 
Teh background is the most brilliant autumn 
foliage against which horses and riders were 
clearly outlined. 

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Week of October 25, 194-2 

And on this day to see the Millwood Hunt 
meet Marcie Gross and Jane Chisholm driven down 
in their basket carriage, bidding defiance to 
gasoline. Both girls attend the Mary Lamb School. 
Marcie is the daughter of Dr Gross who lives in 
the Permain house and Jane Chisholmn^ family 
occupy the lodge. The driver is Mr Orr, 
Mrs Gross' father. 



Week of November 1-7, 1942 

9unday, November 1, 1942 Morning - Rain 

Afternoon - Sunny 

I wonder if the old cradle in the Washington 
bedroom thrilled at being again brought into service. 
A young man approached the bar to order dinner for 
himself and his wife. He asked if his wife could be 
served in the car, as they had their baby with them, and 
he feared it might cry and disturb people in the dining 
room. The hostess felt it would be rather inhospitable 
to have a young mother eat her dinner outside so 
su gested that they try making the baby comfortable 
in the old cradle. The baby's pillews and blankets 
were brought in and the old joints of the cradle 
creaked to readjust themselves to this soft paraphanalia 
and then to the precious weight of the tiny bit of 
humanity. The table was placed near the old dining 
room fireplace. Its protective arms apparently soothed 
the baby as no one was disturbed. But many interested 
and admiring glances were cast at the young parents 
and their child j and too, at the old cradle, again 
doing the work for which it was designed; animated by 
the gentle stirrings and murmurings of the infant, 
the perfect pating/of its footposts winking in the 

Monday, November 2, 1942 Fair 

We know that the charm of the old Inn 
attracts many of our guests who like to get away 
from the cold practicality of every day living but 
then, too, we think the servant problem and not 
charm sends many others to our doors these days. 
And our thought is crystalized by an editorial in 
the Boston Herald which asks who is going to cook, 
make the beds, do the dishes, tend the furnaces, 
answer the telephone and perform all the duties 
of the household when the adult female members of 
the family are drafted for war work? The pro- 
gram will probably drain the ranks of domestic 
employees. Thousands of women in England, who 
have been strangers to household tasks, have been 
compelled to turn to and provide for themselves. 
A similar situation is developing here rapidly. 
The answer is that among the various effects will 
be m»re eating out, the shutting of rooms, a 

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Week of November 1-7, 19A2 

less pretentious scale of ling, removal to smaller 
quarters and inevitably the performance of the 
never done work of the house by the masters and 
mistresses thereof. For a time at least we shall 
probably be compelled to return to the day when 
Adam delved and Eve span and who was then the 

Tuesday, November 3, 194-2 Heavy Rain 

Seventeen ladies lunching here today 
were of the ^adies Auxilliary of the Swedish 
Temperance Society of Worcester. This was their 
twenty-seventh anniversary and there were two 
charter members present. Mrs Erikson, the leader 
of the group, modestly said they dont accomplish 
anything very great but do what they can in a small 
way. They run bazaars, rummage sales, etc., and 
the small proceeds are used to supply fruit and 
flowers for sick people. 

Wednesday, November 4, 194-2 Fair and Cold 

Mrs Stidger here for luncheon with 
several friends, one of whom was Mrs Oxnam, wife 
of Bishop Oxnam of the Methodist Church. So 
pleasing when a chance turning of the radio 
dial brought a program of Longfellow, to hear 
the words of "The Children's Hour", Then Longfellow's 
prose description of Devereaux Farm near ^arblehead. 
"An old fashioned farm house, with low rooms and 
narrow windows rattling in the sea breeze," and 
then the poem "The Fire of Driftwood," inspired 
by this visit, the words of which are applicable 
to these times: 

Oft died the words upon our lips 
As suddenly, from out the fire 
Built of the wrecfc of stranded ships 
The f lanes would leap and then expire. 

Week of November 1-7, 1942 

And- as their spiender flashed and failed, 
We thought of wrecks upon the main 
Of ships dismantled that were hailed 
And sent no answer back again. 

Thursday, November 5, 1942 


Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bowker here for iuncheon 
with their four sons and a daughter-in-law. The 
celebration being for two sons, one in the arraj, the^ 
other in the navy, home on furlough. Calvin is married, 
Dudly in school, Bradley stationed at at Fort Bragg, N. C. and 
Gordon stationed at U. S. Naval Operating Base, Newport, R.I. 
This occasion called for a picture. 

Friday, November 6, 1942 


The children's dancing class, as usual, and a s 
usual with its especial appeal to guests. One woman enthusiastically 
commenting on it said the last time she had seen children dancing 
was outside of Stockholm, Sweden, just prior to the 

In the evening the Boys School had their Hallowe'en Ball. 
As always the costumes were original and amusing. Our former 
hostess Mrs. Hoppin, (Muriel deivlille) flayed the violin. Arnold 
Church, a former Wayside Inn School boy, now in seaman's costume 
attended. He has just finished his training at Newport and is 
awaiting transfer to active duty. 

wayside inn di^ry 

WEEK of November 1-7 1942 

Saturday, November 7, 1942 Fair 

A group of six young people for dinner. Their host, 
Nathaniel J. Young, Jr. of Boston. He said his family love this 
place the best in the World. He came here when a child with his 
grandmother. She could sit in the old kitchen and tell the use 
of ail the old household implements and show people how to spin 
and weave. 

Week of November 8 - 14, 1942 

Sunday, November 8, 1942 Cloudy 

The old x nn sheltered two bridal couples 
last night, the young husbands both lieutenants 
and both from BrooklineJ Lieut, and %s C. Heffen- 
reffer and ^ieut. and ^rs. John E. Alman. Lieut. 
tteffenreffer is engaged in important research work 
so this young couple are taking no wedding trip other 
than their short stay at the Inn. 

Mr and Mrs Lawrence Dane, who were recent- 
ly married, arrived on bicycles this afternoon to 
spend a day or two. Mr Dame is our very old friend, 
the one time Roving Reporter" of the Boston Herald. 
Mrs Dame had to be introduced to the Wayside Inn. 
vShe comes from St. Louis but is well acquainted v.ith 
New England as she has summered at Nantucket. 

Among our dinner guests were six u , S. Navy 
nurses in uniform, one of whom, Miss Leola Ruth 
Scheips, was formerly connected with the Ford Hospital. 
This group are now stationed at the Chelsea Naval 
Hospital and are ready to go at a moment's notice 
Therever they may be called. 

Mrs Langdoen, Boston Chairman of Dutch 
War Relief, entertained five officers of the Dutch 
Merchant Marine at dinner. 

With the usual Sunday sprinkling of 
United States Army and Navy uniforms, the six 
navy nurses in their trim blue suits and white 
caps, and the Dutch officers, our dining room 
presented quite a military picture. 

Monday, Nov. 9, 1942 Fair 

Today the papers inform us that 
Mr Charles W Bowker, Jr. has been elected 
president of the Massachusetts Real Estate 
Exchange. Mr and Mrs Bowker are our regular 
Saturday evening visitors who supply us with 
roses throughout the year. 

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Week of N v. 8 - H, 1942 
Tuesday, N ov . 10, 1942 Cloudy - Rain 

The Thanksgiving favors, this year being made by 
the hostesses, were started today. Ralph Sennott, Jr. doing 
his bit to help Miss Staples cat and fold the little pasteboard 

Wednesday, N v. 11, 1942 Clear - Warn 

It is the custom of the Pawtucket Times to take 
their newsboys on an outing once a year. This year the 
V-ayside Lnn was again chosen. The boys arrived by bus 
at about eleven o'clock in the morning, had an hour and 
a half to see the house and roam about the grounds. There 
were twenty-four in the party. The weather was perfect; 
clear and cold, and after their long bus ride and an hour 
in the open air, they did justice to the dinner. A fine 
group of boys, and their interest in their work v,as shown 
by an incident of their tour through the I n n. The hostess 
called their attention to the pewter whale oil laaps and 
mentioned that the idea of the double wick for the 
increased light is credited to Benjamin Franklin. One of 
the boys spoke up saying, "Now, now, Benjamin Franklin 
was a printer." 

Thursday, Nov. 12, 1942 Clear and Cold 

A Mr Veale, who dined here this evening, said 
it is remarkable how the quality of the meals at Wayside 
Inn is kept up. He had not been here since 1929 when he 
had a fine meal. He hardly expected to have it repeated 
as that is a long time ago and cooks do leave but here 
the same standard seems to have been maintained. V.'e told 
him cooks do come and go but our Emma Modjeska was here 
in 1929 and is still with us. 

Friday, N v. 13, 1942 Lr and Warm 

This picture of the old stage coach was taken 
on October 12th just before it left the Inn on October 
12th to drive to Sudbury for the fair. The Sudbury Fair 
is an annual event, a sort of old home day. A day fhat 
calls former residents back; children who have left and 
settled elsewhere return, coming from miles around for 

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Week of Hot. 8 - H, 1942 

this get-together. The old stage coach is usually loaned 
for this affair. It meets people arriving by bus from 
"Boston or Worcester and also provides the novelty of a 
coach ride around the fair grounds for those who care to 
ride. It drew up to the Inn in the morning when this 
picture was snapped and our house guest, Miss Elwell of 
Brookline, rode to and from the Pair in the coach. Need- 
less to say this novel ride gave her unexpected enjoyment. 

Mr V.'heeler of Lexington entertained a party 
of eight at dinner in the old kitchen. 

Saturday, *ov. H, 1942 

Very Cold 

The seventh grade of the Maynard School arrived 
on bicycles. The temperature was low and the wind high so 
these boys and girls were glad to gather around the bar 
room fire after a nine mile bicycle ride. When they planned 
their trip they took it for granted that our unusually 
warm autumn weather would continue. however, they enjoyed 
their visit and despite the weather roamed around the 
grounds for several hours. They were an unusually attentive 
group and it was a pleasure to take them through the house 

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Week of Nov. 15 - 21, 1942 

Sunday, «ov. 15, 1942 Pleasant 

Miss Lynn Phillips, leading lady of "Angel 
Street", now playing in Boston, and her mother dined 
here today. Both these women as charming and attractive 
as any we have met. "Angel Street" is a melodrama 
of the Victorian Period in England. The gentleman 
who introduced Miss Phillips said "you can put four 
stars against her name." Jiiss ^hill ps said "It is 
so nice to come here - away from everything." To 
which the hostess replied, "we feel rather selfish 
being here away from everything and not contributing 
to the war effort." Miss ^hillips came back with 
the statement "you are doing good war work by provid- 
ing a place 1 for people to get away in these times." 

A group of nineteen had a supper party. 
It was a farewell party to ^ieut. Marsland of 
Framingham who has finished his training and is 
being transferred to Newport News. 

Monday, Nov. 16, 1942 Fair 

Mr Butterworth of Framingham planned a 
birthday dinner for his daughter Rachel. The 
groi-p included M r Butterworth ' s son and daughter- 
in-law, his two grand children, ^ancy and Billy 
Butterworth. Nancy is five and is well known to 
us since she was an infant, but this was three- 
year-old Billy 1 s first visit. Miss Rache] Butter- 
worth who bears the brunt of the florist business 
for her father apparently enjoyed her party but 
I think Nancy and Billy enjoyed it the most. 

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1942 Fair 

Mr Bryant of Somerville, Mass. who 
was recently brought to the Inn by friends, enjoyed 
the place so much that he has repeated his visit, 
and will also be here for Thanksgiving. On his 
first visit he purchased tv.o Mary Lamb books, 
one for himself and one which he sent to a Community 
School in n olland Patent, N e w York. Today he 
purchased two more and intends to mail them to the 
Chamber of C©mmerce in St Petersburg, Florida, asking 
them to give one to the white and one to the colored 
school Children. Mr Bnpnt particularly enjoyed 

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Week of B*r. 15 - 21, 1942 

the book as his home is in the vicinity of the place 
occupied by Mary Sawyer in her early married life. 

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1942 Rain - morning 

Clear - afternoon 

Such a dark rainy morning. Our house guests 
Mr and Mrs Nathaniel *oung of Boston, and their son, 
Nat, jr. arriving last evening ,<£&&$ anticipated country 
walks this morning but agreed that the cheerful fire; 
after an^ old-fashioned breakfast made up for the 
disappointment of having to forego their anticipated 
country walks. This was the first time the Young 
family came to stay overnight, tho they have dined 
here frequently. Nat, Jr. has completed his 
army training and at the end of the week is to go to 
Camp Devens to await his assignment. It was Nat's 
idea to spend his few days' furlough with his parents 
so they chose the Inn as their retreat in this ti^e 
of sadness. Mr Young is a sprightly little woman, 
and her attitude in this crisis an admirable one. 
She said we must say goodbye to Nat, not knowing 
where he may be sent, but we must do it with a smile. 
No word or look of these ideal parents and son 
betrayed their fears or emotions. They carried on 
as if they were just enjoying a week's vacation in 
normal times. 

Rev. Samuel «J. K-iggs of West Harwichport , 
Mass. entertained at luncheon his nephen Benjamin 
George Riggs of the Canadian R. A. F. 

Thursday, Nov. 19, 1942 Cloudy 

The register shows the signature Pilot 
Officer F. W. Greenaway, Lower Hobb, N e w Zealand, 
R.N.Z.A.F. Canada. Officer Greenaway told us he 
was in Canada for training. 

Friday, Nov. 20, 1942 Fair 

Our old friends Mr and Mrs Edwin Stillman 
of Westerly, R. I. arrived to spend a few days with us. 

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Week of Nov. 15 - 21, 1942 

Saturday, N D v. 21, 1942 Rain 

A pleasant happy day. Our house guests, 
the Youngs and the Stillmans found each other 
congenial. There is a pre-holiday feeling in the 
air and the house guests are anxious to help with 
Thanksgiving preparations so join the hostesses in 
the making of the Thanksgiving favors. 

Lieut, and ^rs W. F. Ryan entertained 
friends at a dinner in the old kitchen. Tho it 
was Lieut. Ryan's birthday the dinner was given 
in honor of a Colonel in the group. In ordering 
the cake Mrs Ryan said, "Mr Ryan is twenty-nine 
but that is too many candles, just put a few. 
So seven were chosen. When the cake was brought 
in the seven candles inspired a facetious remark 
from one of the ladies. She said, "Oh, you are 
seven years old!. 7: ell, that accounts for things." 
There was one lady in the group whose husband 
is among the missing. She holds her head high 
and has not given up hope although the army lists 
him as definitely among the missing. 

Week of November 22, 1942 

Sunday, November 22, 1942 Fair 

Guests today I 

Mrs Seerist from West Branch, Iowa, the birth- 
p]ace of n erbert Hoover. She informed us that the 
place has been restored by Mrs Hoover and Alan Hoover. 

Marie De Vito of Waltham, about twelve 
years of age. Marie entered the Inn with joyous 
anticipation glowing in her Italian brown eyes. She 
immediately told us she had learned about some of 
the things in the Wayside Inn in her study book, 
"Colonial Life." The grour which she joined to 
go through the house was quite a large one. They 
cane to see the house but I fear Marie received 
more attention than the house. Her little face 
lighted up when she recogonized the various things 
about which she had studied. Her questions and 
enthusiasm brought upon her the attention of the 
group. But she went through unaware of the 
interest and amused glances cast her way. In 
discussing the candlemolds and candle making the 
hostess remarked that sometimes a wick had to be 
dipped one hundred times before the candle was the 
required size. Marie volunteered the information 
that her class in school had made dipped candles but 
theirs were "skinny" ones as they dipped them only 
a few times. This remarked- hr ought suppressed smiles 
tothe faces of our other listeners. 

Monday, Nov. 23, 1942 Pleasant 

Bishop Oxnam of the Methodist Church 
and M r s Oxnam entertained seventy-eight Methodist 
Chaplains from the National Chaplain School at Harvard 
University. These men come from all sections of the 
United States. With Thanksgiving in the offing a 
turkey dinner was served in the large dining room and 
all made the tour of the house. Their interest and 
appreciation of the Inn and their visit was evidenced 
by their frantic buying of books before bus time. 

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Week of November 22, 1942 
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1942 Heavy Rain 

The magazine Yankee for November publishes a 
picture of the Wayside Inn Kitchen by Samuel Chamberlain; 
and in the Contributors Department there is the following 
letter: Andes, New 5fork 

"Dear Editor of Yankee: 

The first time I saw a copy of Yankee was in 
Henry Ford's Wayside Inn near Boston. I have since 
become a subscriber, thinking that Yankee Magazine 
and the Wayside Inn v/ere both trying to keep alive the 
spirit and industry so close to the New England soil, 
and the life of the New England Village. 

I belive you would have a better Yankee 
Magazine if you told us more about the "homespun' 1 folks 
of N e « England, their handicraft end home industries, 
and simple enjoyments. Give us some New England 
philosophy, religion and sermons that have molded and 
produced the Godly men of the past. ^eave out the 
War and defense. You just cant be modern and present 
the history, tradition, culture, thrift and individu- 
alism of flew England. fI 


Wednesday, November 25, 1942 Fair 

Mr Stuart of x oungstown, Ohio, an over- 
night guest for several days remarked as he paid his 
bill of twenty-seven dollars" That is not much. 
It's been worth fifty dollars to me." M r Stuart is 
in a bank v,here the gray heads, as he expresses it, 
have to do the work now of the younger men because 
of the war. il e came east to visit his daughter and 
grandson but had to find a place for one quiet week 
before going back. The Inn proved to be the much 
appreciated quiet place. 

Thursday, Nov. 26, 1942 Cloudy-Rain 

Not a sparkling Thanksgiving Day as to 
weather, but a dripping chilly day, which made the 
guests exclain about the comfort of the house as 
they arrived. The earlier guests, those who came 
to do a bit of country walking before dinner, and 
our house guests enjoyed the sight of the Millwood 

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Week of November 2£, 194-2 

Hunt, unleashing the dogs in front of the Inn and following 
the scent toward the Mary Lamb School where they took the 
jump. Quite a typical autumn scene. The Inn had its 
usual decorations of vegetables, fruit and flowers which 
received the usual exclamations of admiration. Many 
with last year in mind, expressed their disappointment 
that Mr and Mrs Ford were not here. More than four 
hundred guests were entertained, rather a surprising 
number considering the limitations on driving. 

Friday, Nov. 27, 1942 Fair 

John L. Cash (Jackie Cash) , a Way side Inn 
Boys School graduate of 1942, dropped in for a visit 
today. Jackie is now an apprentice Seaman in the 
United States Coast Guard and stationed at Goose 
Rock, Maine, between A ennebunk and Biddeford. Jackie's 
appearance in his dark blue uniform and cap would 
make any school proud of him. 

Saturday, Nov. 28, 1942 Fair 

The Boston W e rald of last Sunday has an 
interesting sketch entitled "The Woman Who Made 
Thanksgiving Stick." The woman is Sarah Josepha 
Hale, Editor and Author of the last three verses 
of Mary Had a Little Lamb, who sCove for many 
yearns to make Thanksgiving a national fete, finally 
gaining her end through Abraham Lincoln, Sarah 
Josepha Hale may be rightfully termed Mother of 
our National festival of Thanksgiving. 

Week of November 29, 194-2 

Sunday, N ov . 29, 1942 Rain & Sleet 

We found our house guests Mr and Mrs 
Tollinton very interesting. The Tollinton's 
are English having been in Am rica only two years. 
Mrs Tollinton attended a Farm School in England 
where she learned to spin and weave and to make 
hammocks. Being here in America, while Britain 
is going through so much tragedy, she thought she 
would do something for British Relieft- so decided 
to make string shopping bags using the hammock 
knot she had learned. The bags are made of red, 
white and blue string in one color or combined 
to make a red, *hite and blue bag. They proved 
to be a good seller. She has made about two 
hundred, which sold for a dollar and a half. 
The price has now been raised to two dollars and 
the demand is just as great. She can't keep up 
with her orders at present. 

Other Sunday guests included house 
guests, Capt. and Mrs Chatrend of Canada, Capt. 
and Mrs Davidson from Whittier, California, 
anxious to know if the Inn had ever sheltered 
John Greenleaf Whittier. 

Hisa -eola Ruth Scheips, former Ford 
Hospital nurse and now u nited States Navy nurse, 
dined here today with a friend, Lieut. John Charles 
Gregory, Senior Grade Deck Officer. 

Monday, »ov. 30, 1942 Pleasant 

^r Seyffer of the Somerville Plant 
brought for luncheon Mr Earl Godwin, ^r R. 
McAndrew and ^r *"hilip Joachim of "V'atch the 
World Go By." We hear from friends that *r Godwin 
included in this evenings broadcast a talk on 
the Wayside Inn. 

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1942 Pleasant 

For dinner Lieut. Col. Edward V\ood and 
Mrs Wood. The Lt. was carrying a large basket which 
contained their four month's old son, of whom the 
parents were very proud. And justly so for the younger 
Wood has a genial manner, passing out crooked smiles 

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Week of November 29, 1942 

impartially and when the company bored him just falling 
asleep without fuss or trouble. 

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1942 Wind, rain and snow flurries 

•e read that Miss Ella Bettle, Braillisfc, 

has just completed the transcription of "The Characters 
in Tales of a '"ayside ^nn", written by I>r J ohn van 
Schaick, J r. This manuscript has been seetnt on to 
the Library at Washington, and thus made available 
for the use of the blind. 

Thursday, Dec. 3, 1942 Fair - Cold 

When our guests of long standing Misa Marcia 
Hoyle and ^r Roscoe FteJ'OR^ were married a year ago, 
they received a telegram to make suitable accomodations 
for Miss Betty Lou Dallas. They, of course, expected 
a charming wedding guest, but when Betty Lou arrived 
she proved to be a pig. The next day, the wedding day, 
another Huge crate arrived. Out of it stepped the Duke 
of Gloucester and six companions from the Wayside Inn 
Farm. A note accompanying them pxr>lained that the 
Duke of Gloucester, theTJuchess of Saxonville, the 
Empress of Sudbury, the Princess of Lenox, the Countess 
of Brownsville, the Queen of Portsmouth and Lady 
Magnolia, had come to keep Miss Betty -Km Dallas, a 
mere commoner from Texas, company. The Priors, of 
course have a large farm in Framingham, Chestnut 
Ridge, with a two thousand tree apple orchard. 1( ben 
the Priors returned to their farm this spring after 
a winter's absence, they found that the Duke of 
Gloucester was the father of some eighty pigs. When 
the caretaker asked them if he would sell the pigs, 
for which in these times there is a great demand, 
Mrs Prior said, "¥es, sell all but the original 
wedding presents. The Duke and his companions 
and Betty Lou will remain. I guess we shall stay 
in the pig business." To celebrate the wedding 
anniversary the pigs devoured several barrels of 
only slightly touched apples which were weeded 
out of their bountiful crop. Mrs Prior is a well 
known portrait painter. She also has a pilot's 
license and claims to be the only woman in the 
United States licensed to pilot boats into harbor. 

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Week of November 29, 1942 

Friday, Dec. 4, 1942 Fair - Cold 

We had a school group today. Rather an 
unusual happening since the gas rationing and 
curtailment of buses. This group, however, came 
from Sudbury Centre School with their teacher, 
Miss Irene Hinckley. There were thirty children 
from the fifth grade. 

The usual Friday evening dancing class 
was held. The older boys somewhat subdued as 
they expressed their sympathy for their former 
school companion, Edmund M. Tompkins a member 
of the Navy, whose brother has been listed as 
killed in action at Guadelcanal. 

Saturday, Dec. 5, 194-2 

V>e were rather surprised to see a 
breezy group of women from California return 
again today. They had been here yesterday, 
lunched and went through the house. They in- 
formed us that they had enjoyed it so much 
they returned today bringing their husbands. 

Mrs Bowker of Worcester always rises 
to the occasion. Having heard us remark 
that we had difficulty in learning the various 
Army and Navy insignia, she presented us with 
a folder gotten out by the American Express 
Company , giving this information in more 
detail, and more authentically colored than 
anything of this type previously brought to 
our notice. 


Sunday, December 6, 1943 Pleasant 

The first to register touay was an Ensign from St. Louis, 
Missouri. Next came a Captain irom Camp Shelby, Mississippi. I'hen 
another Captain irom Kome, Georgia. He was followed by an Ensign 
from Mfc. Iron, Minnesota. . One young man registered from Manchester, 

Monday, December 7, i942 Cloudy 

Mrs. Wei thy Honsinger Fisher returned today to contin- 
ue her writing. She is doing a Diographv of her husband the late 
Bishop Frederick Fisher, he was a Methodist Bishop who spent a 
great deal oi' time in China ana India. He was the author of twelve 
or lii* teen books while Mrs. Fisher nas lour or live to her credit. 
"We had a beautiful marrieu life," said Mrs. Fisher, "ana were 
great companions". Bishop r'isher was later in Ann Arbor, Michigan 
and Detroit. Mrs. risher is consulting with another writer, a 
Mrs. Fletcher, who -ives in Sudbury. She is thinking of naming her 
book, "Knee ueep in Inuia." 

Tuesday, December 8, '.:.■ Partly Cloudy 

Mr. J.N.Coffinberry, a business man irom Larchmont, 

N.Y., again made the Inn a stopping ^lace lor overnight. He seems 
to enjoj the non-commercial atmosphere. 

Wednesday, December 9, L942 uoiu 

We were pieasea to welcome a distinguished summer 
visitor as he returned today to take more pictures. He is Burton 
Holmes, world famous lecturer and traveller, who expects to in- 
clude the Inn when giving his "Mew England" program at Symphony 
Hall, Boston, some time in January. This is Mr. Holmes' 5oth year 
of lecturing ana travelling, "a Golden Jubilee year", he said, ap- 
parently as pieasea as a chil having a birthday party. Mr. Holmes 
was bright and chipper today ana enthusiastic about pictures of 
the Mary iamb School, he is staying over night and will circle 
around Concord and Lexington belore leaving this vicinity . 

Thursday, December 10, 1942 Pleasant 

Five ladies from Winchester, Mass. were luncheon 
guests. Others were Ensign ana Mrs. H.L. Morse irom Pensecola, 

Friday, December 11, 1942 Pleasant 

The hostesses have designed ana planned the Christ- 
mas favors which thej Text this .year should be as simple as pos- 
sible. Therefore, the./ are covering the to^s oi: small ooxes with 
propriate Christmas paper and tying them with red ribDon. Under 
the ribbon will oe tucxeu a piece oi evergreen irom the Inn farm. 
The finished effect will be aii^ ola fashioned Christmas gift bo.\; 
and filled with candy. 

lUXSIDE INN ultxid. 

Saturday, December -l_, 1?<42 Pleasant 

Oia and dear friends are Dr. and Mrs. ifi.E.Kat twinkle 
from west Newton who visit,eu bhe Inn this afternoon. Dr. Kattwiiude 
is reuembered as the bashful young man who useu to co/ae with his 
parents every Sunday lor dinner, bince then he nas graduated from 
Medical School anu is a wexj. established doctor. His wife is a mod- 
est, lovely looking person. They are the proud parents 01 two little 

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Week of Decenber 13, 1942 

held up in Marlboro three hours waiting their turn 
for garage help and did not arrive home until four 
thirty Sunday morning. The temperature was then 
eighteen below zero. 


Week cf Dec. 13, 194-2 

Sunday, December 13, 194-2 Snov- 

Our first snowfall of the season 
today and a real one. Beginning about ten 
this morning it has been busily "heaping field 
and highway with a silence deep and white," and 
now down the hill from Wayside Inn Road come 
four skiers. They are our friends, Mr and 
Mrs Breen, with two companions. The Breens, 
a young couple, purchased one of the old houses 
on the Framingham Line and thought as ^rs 
Breen says, that they were settled for seventy 
years. But unexpected change of occupation 
for the husband has compelled them to put 
their house on the market. A discouraging 
outlook at present as the gas uncertainty has 
temporarily squelched the enthusiasm for 
country living. After their ski trip the 
Breen party sat down to dinner with good 
old-fashioned appetites. 

Ensign Showley, San Diego, Cal., 
formerly a teacher of Spanish, enjoyed the 
tour through the house so much that he said 
he was thinking of all the California teachers 
who would like to have the privilege he 
had today, and wishing that they might have 
this raare experience. He was a teacher of 
Spanish before entering the service. 

Monday, December 14, 1942 Fair - Cold 

Two Methodist Chaplains from Harvard 
Chaplain School in talking of their work 
were asked if they knew of Bishop Fisher, 
(Bishop Fisher's widow has been a house guest 
recently. J They feelingly responded "Yes, 
indeed! n e is the man of whom Ghandi said 
"He is among the few Christians who walked 
in the fear of the Lord and therefore feared 
no man." 

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Tuesday, December 15, 194-2 Clear - Gold 

A birthday party of five ladies their table 
drawi as closely as possible to the fireplace, and 
when the surprise birthday cake was brought in, tears 
from the recipient as it was so many years since she 
had had a birthday cake. All this was taken in and 
very much enjoyed by another party in the dining room, 
a young couple from Lincoln, Mass. entertaining the 
wife's father from Texas. A real Texan with a real 
Texan drawl. After dinner this gentleman from Texas 
could not be dragged away. n e repeatedly visited 
the rooms and endeavored in his plain, homely way 
to make us understand what he felt. He said it was 
reliving the idealistic part of his school life; it 
meant Longfellow and Emerson, Bryant and Whittier, 
and before their days back to the earliest times 
there must have been gatherings of Patriots in the 
old Taproom. As he was giving vent to his feelings 
the siren sounded for the statewide blackout. The 
party of three sat on the settle in the darkened 
bar room recalling snatches from Longfellow's Tales 
of a Wayside Inn. When the all clear sounded the 
old gentleman before bidding us good bye solemly 
said "This has been an experience in my life. As 
I sat here in the dark, a darkness forced upon us 
by an enemy, I thought, here am I sheltered in 
this blackout by the Wayside Inn. I shall never 
forget it. And as long as we as a nation reverence 
the things for vhich the Inn stands, we shall be 
sheltered in all blackouts." 

Wednesday, December 16, 1942 Fair and Cold 

Dr and Mrs Hanson dropped in for luncheon. 
A long time since we had seen these good friends. 
The weather was extremely cold and after luncheon 
the doctor drew his chair up to the fire; said his 
time was his own until four o'clock and he was 
going to enjoy it to the last possible moment, as his 
times of relaxation away from the telephone are all 
too few. He chatted away for about an hour and 
around three o'clock Mrs Hanson grew fidgety about 
his four o'clock appointment. One would have to 
know the doctor to appreciate his obstinacy in 
retaining his comfortable place and placidly smil- 
ing at his wife's uneasiness. He kept his word, 
he stayed until the last possible moment; and I 
am sure he promptly kept his appointment too. 

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Week of December 13, 1942 

Thursday, December 17, 1942 Fair and Cold 

VJe have two new books for our library. 
"Paul Revere and the World He Lived In"by Esther 
Forbes and "Early American Woodenware" by Mary 
Earle Gould. Each of these authors visited 
the Inn shortly before the publication of their 
books. Esther Forbes " Paul Revere is a 
good reference book, a book fascinating in its 
attention to detail, where you meet Paul Revere 
the man in his every day life. We are learning 
more about his printing and engraving and about 
his prints. 

Mary Earle Gould was formerly a music 
teacher and her hobby of collecting woodenware 
just a chance happening. Antiquing up country 
with a collector friend she purchased an old 
cheese box just as a container for her rag rug 
pieces, but from that purchase her interest in 
old wooden boxes grew and then expanded to all 
the woodenware of early New England housekeep- 
ing; finally the urge to put the knowledge thus 
gleaned on paper resulted in some newspaper 
articles from which beginning her book took form. 

Friday, December 18, 194-2 Clear - Cold 

Miss Joan Dieffenbach of Norwood, N. J. 
arrived today for a ten day stay. She will 
be joined later by her sister Anne. This will 
make the sixth consecutive Christmas Holiday 
time the Dieffenbachs have been with us. 

Saturday, December 19, 1942 Extremely Cold 

Despite the extreme cold our friends 
the Bowkers arrived for their weekly Saturday 
evening dinner. Not realizing that the tempera- 
ture was rapidly dropping they made their usual 
visit in the bar room leaving about eleven o'clock. 
The hostess said good night, put out lights and 
retired. About a half hour later she heard 
voices and realized that Mrs Bowker was again in 
the house. Mr Bowker had difficulty in starting 
his car and did not get it going until twelve- 
thirty. They were asked to spend the night but 
anxiety about their home in the dropping tempera- 
ture sped them on their way. They were, however, 

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Week of December LCw6, 1942 

In the evening after dinner Dr and Mrs 
Stevenson and their guests Rev and Mrs Karl Gottschling 
of Foxboro wandered into the parlor. At intervals 
before dinner music had been he^rd coming from each 
ballroom in turn as the young minister tried out the 
two pianos there. Nov. he seemed reluctant to tough 
the spinet but after a little urging played delicate 
and appropriate things. Then it developed that Dr 
Stevenson made violins so when the Ole Bull violin 
was brought out and he finally induced to touch 
it and even to play there was quite a songfest. The 
quality of the music was good as the Rev. Gottschling 
had been a member of the Harvard Glee Club, his wife 
was a professional singer and other good voices could 
be heard among other guests who had been lured around 
the pieno by the sound of the old familiar songs. 
Dr Stevenson seemed especially thrilled as he said 
good night to have spent an evening so in keeping 
with the soirit of the old Inn. 

V-eek of December 20 - 26, 194.2 

Sunday, Dec. 20, 1942 Clear, extremely cold 

Seventeen men and women arrived by Boston 
Bur for dinner. This group are from California, 
temporarily in this section of the country as the 
men are engaged in Defense work. And coming from 
California, their clothing was a bit light for 
the extremely cold weather - 18 below zero. They 
shivered awhile before the fireplaces but after a 
hot turkey dinner they were ready and eager to see 
the house. They were enthusiastic in their praise 
of everything - the historic house, the turkey 
dinner which they considered typically New England - 
the bit of New England countryside - their bus 
journey from Boston, and finally their purchase 
of many cards and books as souvenirs of one of 
their New England experiences. 

Monday, Dec. 21, 194-2 Clear, continued cold 

This was the day of the yearly Christmas 
party which always takes place in the large ballroom. 
A Christmas party for the school children of the 
estate, children of the townspeople and children 
of employees. 

It has been a busy day. The below 
zero temperature had to be fought and chased out 
of the Inn, the stiff est battle taking place in 
the large ball room, where house people and boys 
from the school worked all day cleaning, setting 
up the tree, decorating and coaxing the heat. 
By seven- thirty, however, with the fireplace 
blazing, the huge tree lighted and parents and 
children filing in, in groups, there was enough 
enough warmth and cheer to forget about the cold. 
Though there were many regrets that Santa and his 
reindeer were not on the roof,*fhe party of ice 
cream and cake and a Christmas stocking and toy 
from the tree for each child sent them happily 
on their homeward way with sparkling eyes and 
cheery faces. 

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1942 Cloudy and Warner 

ttias Inex E Kenyon ceme from Boston 
to have dinner with Miss Joan Dieffenbach, our housr 

Week of December 20-26, 194-2 

She planned on spending the evening and taking the 
nine forty-five bus back to Boston. A rising 
temperature combined with a night of rain had melted 
the snow turning the roads into rivulets. Then 
gradual freezing toward evening made walks and roads 
a glaze of ice. We called the Boston and Worcester 
Terminal about 9:30 to inquire about buses for Boston 
and were informed that no buses had come into 
Marlboro from Worcester since seven- thirty P.M. so 
Miss Kenyon, though anxious to get to her place of 
business in the morning was compelled to be our guest 
for the night. Miss Dieffenbach was glad to have 
her company for a longer visit and glad that Inez 
was to partake of a Wayside Inn breakfast. 

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1942 Pleasant 

Everyone busy with Christmas preparations. 
This year, of course, the decorations are simpler - 
no candles in the windows, no outside lights, just 
a large wreath on the front door. Miss Joan Dieffen- 
bach feels quite at home assisting with the Christmas 
favors as she has done for the past few years. 

Thursday, Dec. 24, 194-2 Cloudy- springlike 

The day before Christmas, as always a 
quiet day at. the Inn. Miss Anne Dieffenbach arrived 
to join her sister for their sixth Christmas at 
Wayside. Also to spend the night and Christmas 
day came ^r and Mrs A W Hathaway of West Medford. 
They are a pleasant middle aged couple who could 
not bear the thought of spending Christmas at home 
along. Their sonis married and living in the west 
and neither Mr or Mrs Hathaway has another living 
relative. They easily made friends with the 
Dieffenbachs and spent the evening with them in the 
parlor singing Christmas Carols. We were waiting 
for the carolers from Sudbury who usually visit the 
Inn on Christmas Eve but they were kind enough 
to notify us by telephone that transportation 
conditions prevented their visit this year. Good 
nights were said at midnight and our guests agreed 
that they al] had had a happy night before Christmas, 

Friday, Dec. 25, 194-2 Fair 

A beautiful day. Warm and sunshiny and 
in Sudbury a real white Christmas. Quite a few 

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Week of December 2C-26, 194-2 

guests for this war year but not the usual rining 
Christmas greetings - a certain unspoken something 
was evident in the subdue^L greetings. So many uni- 
formed men being entertained. It appeared that 
people were doing for the service men on this side 
of the water what they would like to do for their 
comrades in arms in distant lands. 

And we feel that we did a bit for a young 
soldier from Georgia and his wife. They had come 
for dinner bringing with them their five months old 
son. The young couple did not quite know what to 
do with the baby while they dined so the old cradle 
was again brought into action and placed before t4b(L 
parlor fireplace to hold master Withers. H e made a 
pretty picture in a new blue Christmas sweater, sur- 
rounded by soft pink blankets. He smiled at every 
one; chewed his chubby fists and a bit of his blue 
sweater when he could get hold of it. People coming 
in for dinner who happened to step into the parlor 
were greeted with waving fists and a big smile. After 
a time master Withers grew bored; his eyes slowly 
closed and he had a long sleep. H e continued to 
give pleasure to those who came into the house and 
stepped into the old-fashioned parlor, saw the 
old, old cradle drawn up to the fireplace, holding 
a new, new baby. And all this time Mr and Mrs 
Withers were peacefully enjoying an old-fashioned 
Chris tnas dinner. 

Saturday, Dec. 26, 194.2 Pleasant 

A pleasant day and pleasant company, 
Mr Benjamin Lovett dropped in for luncheon and 
afterwards had a chat with our Mr Haynes in the 
bar room, Bishop and Mrs Oxnam too, for luncheon, 
and our very old friends Mrs Boucher and her 
daughter, Beatrice. The Bouchers who live in 
^ew Bedford, were weekly visitors when Beatrice 
was in St Ann's School in Marlboro but since her 
graduation we dont see them so often and of course 
transportation restrictions too have prevented 
them from visiting. 

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Week of December *7, 194-2 

Mr and Mrs Nathaniel Young's card informs 
us that their son, Nat, Jr. is now at Camp Crowder 
in Mo. Their last week with their son as a civilian 
was spent at the Inn, That was just before Thanks- 
giving and they did not forget to put in a note for 
one of our school boys from whom they purchased a 
turkey, saying it was quite the best they ever had. 

A card from Stephen Cooch - who never 
forgets his Wayside friends. 

Mr Stuart of Youngstovm, Ohio who credits 
a week at the I^n for putting him in condition to 
resume his tasks as one of the bank officials upon 
whom fall many details formerly done by young men 
now in the service, sends us greetings and informs 
us that he is to send us copies of some of the 
pictures he took while at the Inn, in appreciation 
of many courtesies shown him. 

Perhaps the most significant card 
comes from Dean McCollester of Tufts College, one 
of the Fraters. It has been the Dean's custom for 
some years to make his Christmas card a sort of 
family history, made up of snap shots and notes in 
his handwriting of various happenings of the past 
year. ^t is captioned "Annual Report". One of 
the things mentioned in the current card under the 
heading "my year" is of last ^pril being in his 
old pupit in Detroit and attending a golden wedding 
of friends whom he had married. Under the heading 
"My Faith he cuotes, "There is a divinity that 
shapes our ends, Rough hew them how e will" and 
"one God, one law, One element, One far off divine 
event To While the Whole creation moves." 

The following gives Dr McCollester's 
hopes for the future. "In 1776 the leaders on 
these shores gave the Declaration of Indepdence 1 ' 
*■ long time - years went by before all the thirteen 
little colonies signed a common constitution, 
think well of the time factor. One of the most 
significant steps of modern civilization occurred 
in 194-2 when four powerful nations, widely separated, 
self contained, differing in language, religion and 
government became waring allies for self preserva- 
tion and the welfare of all nations. Is it too 
much to hope that in time, a long time perhaps, 
there shall evolve enough moral, social, spiritual 
and paternal leadership of both men and women to 
make a federation of all nations, with a consti- 
tution that all will accept and with an equipment 
adequate to outlaw all war and maintain a condition 
of peace that will make secure to all, even the 


Week of December 21 -1942 

Sunday, Dec. 27, 1942 Clear - Cold 

Perhaps at no time in its history did the 
Inn fulfil its purpose as a shelter for the weary 
traveller as it did on this extremely cold Sunday 
morning. Our driver gave a lift to two young 
seamen on the Boston Post Road just out of Marlboro. 
-L'hey were hitch hiking from Worcester to Boston 
and when informed that they could be given a lift 
for just a few miles, they replied that it was 
good to get in out of the cold even for a few 
minutes. And they were cold. One so cold his 
feet were like stumps and he walked with difficulty. 
One was from Binghampton, *• Y. and one from 
the Bronx so their first remark was "What a burg 
to be stranded in" - then apparently feeling that 
this remark might give offense, added "But it must 
be nice in the summer time." N Q offense was taken 
as we hardly expected New York boys to appreciate 
the beauty of Sudbury ona zero morning with a high 
wind. When asked if they knew cf the Wayside Inn 
or of Longfellow's connection with it they replied 
that they had never heard of it. The information 
that Mr Henry Ford is now the Landlord brought a 
quick response - "Ohl is this one of Mr Ford's 
projects? n e is a great man. And now they v>ere 
all interest. The schools and the mill were 
pointed out to them. The first mill they had 
ever seen, and the fact that it was actually in 
operation intricjued them all the more. If hen 
they reached the inn they were asked if they would 
not come in for a cup of coffee and they accepted, 
without hesitation. They exclaimed without 
hesitation. They exclaimed at the sight of the 
open fire in the bar room. In fact they could 
hardly believe their eyes. It was too good to 
come up on an open fire after hours of walking 
in the cold. They were reluxtant to leave it 
when they were invited to the dining room. But 
in the dining room they found a small table 
pulled right up to the blazing fireplace and this 
called for more exclamations of delight. They 
were served hot cereal, hot corn bread and steaming 
coffee. They were the only guests in the dining 
room so sat a long time over their breakfast enjoy- 
ing the warmth and comfort they had just happened 
u^on. After breakfast they wrote post cards looked 
through the house and then decided they would look 
about outside. They particularly wanted to explore 

Yeek of December 27, 194-2 

the mill- After a couple of hours they came in 
to say goodbye. They were not however allowed 
to leave without their dinner but this time some 
persuasion had to be employed. They did 
justice to a turkey dinner and they were sincerely 
grateful. They signed the register: 

John Segru, Binghampton, N. ¥. and 
Paul J . Zelenski, Bronx, N. J. They are stationed 
at the ^outh Weymouth Naval Base, Weymouth, Mass. 

Monday, December 28, 194-2 Stormy 

To see the house on a recent afternoon 
we had two Puerto Paean girls, Consuelo Manez and 
Teresa Rivera, who are taking a medical course 
at Harvard. Two Canadian Naval nurses with the 
letters H. M, G. S. on their caps (His Majesty's 
Canadian Ship); two ^oyal Air Force men J. C. Morgan, 
Preston, Lancashire, England and J. McFarlane 
Graham, Kilmarnook, Scotland. One of these 
R. A. F. men studied the signatures on the Calvin 
Coolidge bucket and when he recognized the signature 
of the Duke of Vrindsor, excitedly called to his 
friend "I say! Here is Eddie! Eddie! 

Tuesday, December 29, 194.2 Ice - stormy 

We have had an ice storm today, the 
greatest since 1921. While we realize the damage 
these storms can do to trees and shrubbery, still 
they are beautiful to look upon. The evening is 
cold and still and crackely, and every branch and 
twig gleaming with crystal. For dinner and over- 
night we have two interesting guests, Mr and Mrs 
Stewart S, Perry of Kinthrop, Mass. The whole 
visit is a surprise to Mrs Perry. Mr Perry 
planned it as a celebration of their fifteenth 
wedding anniversary. He called about two weeks 
ago to make arrangements for dinner and a room. 
He cautioned us not to mention overnight to Mrs 
Perry when she arrived as he planned on bringing 
her for dinner and then when she had the thought 
of facing the long journey home to tell her they 
had a cozy room for the night. It worked out just 

»«eek cf December 27, 1942 

as he had planned. He packed a bag for her and 
slipped it into the car; arranged with her mother 
to stay with her children for the night and then 
started out by the way to go just for 
dinner. They were in ^dbury before Mrs P#rry 
realized the Wayside Inn was their destination. 
Mr and Mrs Perry came in evening dress. They 
had the dining room to them selves and after 
dinner took a walk as the evening was so cJear 
and brilliant after the ice storm. Mrs ^erry 
was making preparations to leave when ^r ^erry 
told her they were to spend the night. She was 
agreeably surprised and thought the Jerusha room 
perfect In its quaintness. She said with tears 
in her eyes - It is all so perfect. Everything 
seems to have been arranged just for us. Our 
fifteenth v.edding anniversary - our crystal 
wedding and the trees are crystal too. 

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1942 Stormy 

Guests come and guests go and time 
obliterates from our memory names, faces and 
incidents. But at Christmas time so many 
names, faces and incidents are brought back to 
us as the greeting cards come in. Vie are 
reminded of t*o slender young girls from Chicago, 
Edna Hoffman and Stella Penning, who enjoyed a 
rural v/eekend at Wayside last summer. Stells's 
greeting card a folder with a picture of the Wayside 
Inn and a sketch of its history. 

Greetings from Philip Merriman of 
Tauck Tours takes us back to those halcyon days 
when there was gasoline and tourists from all over 
the country were brought to the Inn. 

Mr and Mra Michael Fair's card brings 
back the sweet face of one of our waitresses, 
Tillie, who carried Michael farr a graduate of 
the Wayside Boys School. 

No doubt the most poignant memories 
are awakened by the many cards from our school 
boys in the service and to whom the inn is home. 
Their cards come from many of the states, Rhode 
Island, Georgia, Maine, Texas, California, Kanse.s, 
New ^ork and from Ireland and England. It seems 
strange to read of Peter Kozak lost in a London